A close reading of Zinoviev and his view of the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a tragedy. Zinoviev helps us to understand how it feels to have your world dismantled and how that experience forms many of the attitudes that lie behind Putin’s policies.
Professor emeritus of the political economy of Russia and Eastern Europe, University of Birmingham. Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs Russia and Eurasia Programme (Chatham House, London). Interested in comparative economic systems, the Soviet and Russian economies, and economics of transition. Author of The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Economy (2003).