Talbot

I recommend reading any number of books by Strobe Talbot who was a sycophant of Bill Clinton to get an understanding of the behind the scenes of the end of Soviet Russia. I’m not saying Talbot was entirely honest but if you are able to read in between the lines, you’ll get a better picture of Russia today and how the extreme right took over their government. Also read as much as you can about Averill Harriman and how he arranged loans to the Soviets- my take on all this is that the USA i.e. Capitalists needed a boogey man to contrast the “freedom” of the west financial markets. Of course all this was eventually replaced by the “Islamic threat.” These dichotomies are needed to contrast the “good guys” and the “bad guys” for any number of reasons. Also there is an obscure book- “The Rise of the Extreme Right in Russia- Black Hundred” by Walter Laqueur- published in 1993- that tells and predicts the Russia of today and gives an insight in why the right wing loves Russia so much today…

Also understand that the neoliberal demonization of Russia is a dog and pony show of the worse sort- that Clintonistas love the extreme right wing of Russia as much as the GOP does. To think any different shows an ignorance of the background of Putin and his oligarchs.