Russia's Crony Capitalism by Anders Aslund audiobook

Russia's Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy

By Anders Aslund
Read by Roger Clark

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12.47 Hours Unabridged
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A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia's future. This insightful study explores how the economic system Vladimir Putin has developed in Russia works to consolidate control over the country. By appointing his close associates as heads of state enterprises and by giving control of the FSB and the judiciary to his friends from the KGB, he has enriched his business friends from Saint Petersburg with preferential government deals. Thus, Putin has created a super wealthy and loyal plutocracy that owes its existence to authoritarianism. Much of this wealth has been hidden in offshore havens in the United States and the United Kingdom, where companies with anonymous owners and black money transfers are allowed to thrive. Though beneficial to a select few, this system has left Russia's economy in untenable stagnation, which Putin has tried to mask through military might.

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Finalist for the Hayek Book Prize

A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia's future.

This insightful study explores how the economic system Vladimir Putin has developed in Russia works to consolidate control over the country. By appointing his close associates as heads of state enterprises and by giving control of the FSB and the judiciary to his friends from the KGB, he has enriched his business friends from Saint Petersburg with preferential government deals. Thus, Putin has created a super wealthy and loyal plutocracy that owes its existence to authoritarianism.

Much of this wealth has been hidden in offshore havens in the United States and the United Kingdom, where companies with anonymous owners and black money transfers are allowed to thrive. Though beneficial to a select few, this system has left Russia's economy in untenable stagnation, which Putin has tried to mask through military might.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An excellent read.” Forbes
“[A] superb book.” Financial Times (London)
“Anders Åslund has tracked Russia’s economy since perestroika and has written the definitive assessment of Putin’s kleptocratic system—how it functions and why it needs authoritarianism and xenophobia to survive.” Alexander Vershbow, former US ambassador to Russia
“Åslund’s economic analysis is impeccable. This is a hard-hitting, fact-based account of Putin’s Russia.” Paul Gregory, University of Houston and research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“An insightful and authoritative guide to Russia’s economy since the fall of communism by the foremost Western expert on the subject.” Daniel Treisman, professor of political science, University of California, Los Angeles

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Author Bio: Anders Aslund

Author Bio: Anders Aslund

Anders Aslund is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 12.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English