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Roundtable on Russia

Russia is entering its most unstable period since the end of the Soviet Union. Will there be violence? Who is running the country? Why is the economy still depressed? Six Russia watchers review the country's mood and come to tentative judgements about Yeltsin and the role of the west

By John Lloyd   December 1996

John Lloyd: This is one of the most dangerous periods for Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, arguably even before then. We all know the components of the crisis: an ailing and possibly dying president; a scramble for power which seems to be getting more acute; the concentration of power in the hands of a financial ruling class, few of whom were elected, most of whom are unpopular; an economy in which many people are paid only intermittently and in which production and investment remain sluggish; a country in which organised crime and corruption are endemic, and where…

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