[Marxism] Russia Without Putin

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Fri Dec 28 12:24:00 MST 2018


Tony Wood's book certainly sounds like worthwhile reading. Another
excellent book is "House of Trump, House of Putin" by Craig Unger. Unger is
no Marxist, but he does an excellent job of tracing the history of the
Russian criminal gangs that became such an essential part of the new
Russian capitalist class that rose up after  the collapse of the Soviet
Union. He explains how these gangs actually had their roots in Tsartist
times, how they developed through Stalin's gulag, how they then formed an
embryonic capitalist class when Khruschev released hundreds of thousands
from the gulag, including those prison gangs, and how they then linked up
with the former Soviet bureaucrats who stole all the Russian state
enterprises for a song. Unger also explains how Putin arose from this heap
of dung to become the capo di tutti capo.

John Reimann

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