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Conversations on RussiaReform from Yeltsin to Putin$
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Padma Desai

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300611.001.0001

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The Past in the Present

The Past in the Present

(p.353) Chapter 17 The Past in the Present
Conversations on Russia

Richard Pipes

Oxford University Press

Richard Pipes, professor emeritus of history at Harvard University and author of the classic The Formation of the Soviet Union, served as national security advisor in the Reagan administration. He provided an historical perspective on the current Russian situation in two interviews in 2003 and late 2004. He explained that from the point of view of ethnic roots, American culture is neutral, and therefore it has universal appeal. He thinks Communism is altogether dead in the world and utterly discredited. He describes Putin as a “smart” politician, but what Russia needs is a statesman, and this he is not.

Keywords:   Richard Pipes, Reagan administration, historical perspective, Putin, Communism

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