The economic history of the Russian Federation

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Russia faces financial meltdown
By Renfrey Clarke, Green Left Weekly, 22 May 1996. Relation of fiscal crisis and electoral politics.
The Russian Economy's Big Black Hole: Nation's Heavy Industry Still Awaiting Post-Soviet Resurgence
By David Hoffman, Washington Post, 9 December 1996. Economic liberalization has benefitted raw material exports, such as oil, but ruined industry.
Russia set to become world leader in arms trade
Igor Korotchenko Talks to Boris Kuzyka, Assistant to the Russian President on Military-Technical Co-operation with Foreign Countries, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6 March 1997. Thanks to feeding Near Eastern conflicts, Russia likely to exceed the US in arms exports. US' use of political means to counter that trend.
Corruption dominates the economy of Russia
By Lem Harris, People's Weekly World, 7 June 1997. It is common knowledge that the Russian economy is close to bankruptcy, sustained only by the American controlled World Bank. It is also well known the massive corruption under President Yeltsin's rule. Less well known is that even the largest newly privatized joint stock companies are gaily playing the same crude role as the “robber barons” of the 19th Century American capitalism.
Yeltsin to increase state role in economy
By Alan Philps, The Daily Telegraph, 25 September 1997. Yeltsin to turn away from “Robber Capitalism” of privatization to restore a significant state sector to the economy.
Minatom sells out on safety to the EU ... for $170 million only
Antinuclear Campaign of Socio-Ecological Union, press release, 15 November 1997. EU's lower nuclear safety standard in East vs. West Europe.
IMF Acting Under US Pressure in Russia Deal
By Abid Aslam, InterPress Service, 14 July 1998. International Monetary Fund (IMF) measures to shore up Russia's sagging economy reflect lingering Western fears about the former Soviet Union—and could backfire.
Why Russia Can Live Without IMF Largesse
By Matt Taibbi and Alex Whiting, InterPress Service, 3 September 1998. The West warns Russia not to allow Communist-led opposition in parliament to force a backtrack on free market reforms—lest the West be forced in turn to cut Russia off from foreign bailout loans.
Russia, IMF disagree on economy plans-Dep PM
By Svetlana Kovalyova, Reuters, 24 November 1998. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is unhappy with several aspects of Russia's economic and fiscal plans. The Fund was urging the country to greater budget austerity.
The long shadow of Russia's second economy
By Paul Goble, Asia Times, 30 September 1999. Russia's second or shadow economy is now so large and pervasive that it is likely to define whatever kind of legal economic arrangements do emerge in the country in the future.