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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 Permanent Oppositionist

The Permanent Oppositionist

(p.188) (p.189) Chapter 7 The Permanent Oppositionist
Conversations on Russia

Grigory Yavlinsky

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a blow-by-blow assessment of the economic reforms of the 1990s given by Grigory Yavlinsky in mid-2002. He presents a strong pro-Western, liberal, and reformist stance but nonetheless opposes what he perceives as the extreme pro-market thrust of the Yeltsin team in favor of a social democratic approach. Yavlinsky is the best known of the liberal academic economists who became involved in Russia's economic reform. He was a prominent figure in economic reform debates, including policy measures enacted under Nemtsov in the Nizhny Novgorod region and a number of tax budget and sectoral reforms. Yavlinsky has made his mark as the permanent oppositionist of Russian politics as the founder of the opposition Yabloko group, being twice a presidential candidate, and a fierce critic of the Yeltsin reforms.

Keywords:   Yeltsin, Grigory Yavlinsky, Nemtsov, tax budget, sectoral reforms, economic reform

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