on 29 April 1997
Written by a reporter, one cannot expect the detachment a historian would bring to this theme. In today's Russia, events move very fast indeed. Some of the people the author writes about are no longer near the seat of power while others, whom he does not mention, now make policy. I would have wished for a more intense study of modern Russian society, including emigrants to US, to Germany, etc.
Unfortunately, as the months go by, the book will be outdated. This is a pity, after all the effort the author brought to it.