An online version of a major newspaper has a review of a nonfiction book about Russia from the 1990s to the present. The reviewer summarizes the book. The book covers Russia from the end of Communism in 1991 to the Putin era. He describes early efforts of NATO and the US to ally with Russia after the fall. The author of the book noted Russian disappointment as NATO moved eastward, the country suffered corruption, and the US supported Georgia and the Ukraine in their independence movements. Putin represented a return to Russian power. The review is positive.
- Conradi wisely examines the forest’s contours, avoiding the trees.
- Conradi starts with Gorbachev’s reforms, the fall of the Soviet-backed Communist states in Eastern Europe (in 1989), the Soviet Union’s implosion (1991) and the Yeltsin years (the 1990s).
- In the 1990s, Russia, weak and reliant on Western aid, acquiesced unhappily to NATO’s advance toward its borders.
“The hopes for a partnership between Russia and the West have been dashed, and in “Who Lost Russia?” Peter Conradi, the foreign editor of The Sunday Times of London, who spent seven years covering Russia for Reuters, seeks to explain what went wrong.”