This book gives up to date information about Russian space assets, both military and commercial.
The writer does a great job in analyzing various sectors of the Russian struggle to maintain their space capabilities from 1992 to 2000. The book offers great inside knowledge of the amazing job done by the former designing bureaus, later commercial companies, to keep space platforms up and running, and at the same time learning to survive free market economy. However it is not an economic paper. It offers great technical knowledge.
It covers the entire, 1992 onward, history of Mir space station, the cancellation of space shuttle Buran and its twin Baikal, the shift of effort for the building of the ISS, the SIGINT military satellites of former USSR (ZENIT, YANTAR, KOBALT, KOMETA, ORLETS and the newest ARKON), ELINT satellites (TSELINA, US-P/EORSAT), MILCOM satellites (STRELA, GONETZ, POTOK) and so on in separate chapters on military, scientific, ground facilities, rocket and rocket engines.
If you believe that Russians didn't have the technology to build reliable machinery you are mistaken. According to the writer when the American tested the Russian RD-180 rocket motor on their ATLAS III rocket they used only one (30% more thrust!), instead of the American built two, it had 15,000 parts less, had a throttle range from 37% to 100%, had to keep to 74% as not to damage the launch complex at liftoff and in 3 min it had reached the same speed and altitude as the ATLAS III had in 5 min!
The book also offers a large number of tables regarding launches, cosmonauts, rocket engines used, vehicles, type of satellite, orbits, cosmodromes, EVA's etc.