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Can Russia Compete?

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It’s a question worth asking It was thirty years ago, in the summer of 1991, that the Soviet Union came apart. In August, a final coup attempt by Kremlin hardliners failed to displace Mikhail Gorbachev and boosted Boris Yeltsin’s power instead. Gorbachev resigned on Christmas Day; and the USSR dissolved, 74 years after the Bolshevik Revolution. What’s Russia got to show for those thirty years?  EP spent last week reading Lonely Ideas: Can Russia Compete? (MIT, 2013), by Loren Graham, Professor Emeritus of the history of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  EP then ran into scheduling problems that