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RSC Editorial
December 14, 2016

Putin’s Paradise: What If Russia Had Chosen Prosperity When the USSR Collapsed?

Dr. Andrew Foxall

Originally published in Heat Street

Twenty-five years ago, in December 1991, the Soviet Union fragmented, ending the Cold War. Today, Russia and the West seem again set on an intractable conflict. Here Dr Andrew Foxall, an academic and Russia expert, imagines how things could have been different…

It is remarkable to think, a quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War, that Russia’s relations with the West have come so far. Competition has been replaced by cooperation.

When Vladimir Putin became president in 2000, Russia was hampered by corruption and cronyism. His early campaigns to reassert the rule of law and tame the power of the oligarchs were justified.

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Dr. Andrew Foxall

About Dr. Andrew Foxall

Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of Research and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society. His research focuses on economic, political and security trends in Russia and the Former Soviet Union.

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