This revised edition includes and examination of the recent presidential and parliamentary elections and their effects on Putin's leadership and Russia. Praise for the previous edition: "Out of her blunt, often acerbic, account come shrewd insights into Putin's transformation from an implausible, contrived successor into a dominator unchallenged by oligarchs, legislators, or regional bosses, let alone a democratic opposition." -Foreign Affairs "Shevtsova is one of the most astute and independent-minded observers of the Russian political scene." -Times Literary Supplement "Offers many insights into Kremlin court politics, as well as Mr. Putin and his foes." -The Economist "This well-informed Russian observer offers a straightforward situation report. Shevtsova's scorecard will interest serious Russia watchers." -Booklist "An insightful account of how the Russian president is swaying on a pendulum between reform and stability." -Survival "A timely, expert book." -Washington Post
Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, dividing her time between the Carnegie office in Washington, D.C., USA, and the Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia. She is author of Putin's Russia (2005) and Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality (1999), and coeditor (with Archie Brown) of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin: Political Leadership in Russia's Transition (2001), all published by the Carnegie Endowment.