Development Aid in Russia: Lessons from Siberia (St. by By (author) Judith Marquand

By By (author) Judith Marquand

Drawing on either improvement reports and post-Soviet literature, this learn examines initiatives in Siberia because the fall of the Berlin Wall. targeting serious money owed of improvement initiatives in Siberia, controlled by means of the writer, this booklet presents a first-hand account of the successes and screw ups of improvement relief.

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This, as Putin has understood only too well, is where its economic and strategic strengths still lie. Whoever controls the oil and gas industries controls the Russian economy. Privatisation gave this opportunity to the oligarchs; Putin has since been clawing it back for the state. Either way, the distribution of oil and gas profits and their backward and forward linkages determine much of the nature of the Russian economy today. 44 Development Aid in Russia In the early 1990s, Russia was not just a middle-income country but also a middle-income country in crisis.

There had to be the kind of change in international relations which would facilitate a reordering of Soviet economic priorities at home. 28 Gorbachev undoubtedly succeeded in changing Soviet foreign policy, but his economic transformation led in unexpected directions; the political transformation to democracy proved vulnerable; and the ‘national question’29 combined with the political transformation led ultimately to his fall from power. Gorbachev became an arch-westerniser. It was important for him to emphasise that the Soviet Union was part of human civilisation, with a responsibility for conserving it.

As liberal Russians will tell you, there had been a 70-year war between the governing and the governed. The consequence had not been underdevelopment, t but, to borrow Henderson’s felicitous term,83 mis-development. In many ways, Russia is a typical middle-income country. Even today, when Russia is flexing its oil- and gas-fed muscles, it is still a middleincome country. Its GDP per capita in 2004 ranked 59th out of 172 countries in the UN Development Report and its Human Development Index (HDI) ranked 65th out of 177.

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