The New Russia
The New Russia
Translated by Arch Tait
After years of rapprochement, the relationship between Russia and the West is more strained now than it has ever been in the past 25 years. Putin's motives remain for many a mystery, though not for Mikhail Gorbachev. In this new work, Russia's elder statesman draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience to reveal the development of Putin's regime and the intentions behind it. He argues that Putin has diminished the achievements of perestroika and is part of an over-centralized system that presents a precarious future for Russia. Faced with this, Gorbachev advocates a radical reform of politics and new fostering of pluralism and social democracy.

Gorbachev's insightful analysis moves beyond internal politics to address wider problems, including the Ukraine conflict and the global challenges of poverty and climate change. Above all else, he insists that solutions are to be found by returning to the atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation which was so instrumental in ending the Cold War.

This book represents the summation of Gorbachev's thinking on the course that Russia has taken since 1991 and stands as a testament to one of the greatest and most influential statesmen of the 20th century.
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  • May 2016 (hb)
    September 2017 (pb)
  • 400 pages
  • 160 x 237 mm / 6 x 9 in
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  • 9781509503872
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  • 9781509523610
Table of Contents
  1. To my readers
  2. Preface: Perestroika and the future
  3. Trying to bury me
  4. I After Perestroika
  5. II Whither Russia?
  6. III Today's uneasy world
  7. Conclusion
  8. Reflections of an optimist
  9. Index
About the Author
Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Part from 1985 to 1991. Since then, he has maintained an active role in world affairs through the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit think tank which promotes democracy and humanitarian initiatives globally.
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'Mikhail Gorbachev, with his prodigious intellect, vast experience, and powers of perception, gives us his views spanning from his time in office to the present day. As he says, “Life teaches you more than any teacher,” and we all can learn by reading this account of his extraordinary life.’
George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

‘Gorbachev was on the right side of history. One day the Russian people will recognize that they have as much reason to be grateful to him as do the rest of us. This important book explains why.’
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom

‘Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev recounts his reaction to events over the past quarter century, from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Russian Federation, to the revival of Cold-War-like confrontation with the West and the return of authoritarian governance in Russia itself. Gorbachev deplores the fact that Russia has deviated from the path to democracy that was the aim of his perestroika, but also points out that U.S. and Western policies have contributed to the current Cold War atmosphere. Gorbachev’s The New Russia is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand why the “Europe Whole and Free” that Gorbachev and his Western partners tried to create still eludes us. His suggestions for a return to East-West cooperation and for a resumption of democratic reform in Russia itself are timely and much needed.’
Jack F. Matlock, former United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia

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