Andrei Piontkovsky

Andrei Piontkovsky is leading researcher at the Institute for Systems Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. His books in English include Another Look into Putin’s Soul (2006) and Russian Identity (2008).

April 2009, Volume 20, Issue 2

Reading Russia: The Dying Mutant

The corporatist kleptocracy being erected by Russian President Vladimir Putin is profoundly misunderstood in the West. This model dooms Russia to economic degradation and margin-alization. The current global crisis has made this truth painfully clear. The artificially created image of a threatening West (and U.S. in particular) is now becoming the sole ideological justification for…