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Boris Berezovsky as the Mirror of Late Brezhnevism and the 90s. («Berezovsky Time» by Peter Aven)

Boris Berezovsky as the Mirror of Late Brezhnevism and the 90s. («Berezovsky Time» by Peter Aven)

Journal of Economic Regulation, , Vol. 9 (no. 4),

In the book of Peter Aven, the development of the late Soviet society and society of the 90s is analyzed through the life of Boris Berezovsky, one of the largest Russian oligarchs of the 90s. The book is a series of interviews of Peter Aven with prominent political figures, economists and journalists in Russia in the 90s who knew Berezovsky well at various stages of his life from a researcher at a Soviet scientific institute to emigration in England. These conversations reveal the features of political life and the moral principles of society in these periods. The period of late Brezhnevism is revealed as a prerequisite for market transformation and immoralism of the 1990s. This was manifested in the functioning of science and the interaction of the scientific sphere with the rest of society. The process of the formation of Berezovsky’s oligarchic empire is traced in conjunction with the privatization of the public sector of the economy and mortgage auctions. It shows the mechanisms of how Berezovsky penetrated the Kremlin and its role in the most important events of the Yeltsin period and the ascension of Vladimir Putin. On the basis of Berezovsky’s biography, his personal qualities are determined, which contributed to his rise to the economic and political Olympus and its subsequent overthrow. his ascent was made possible by the primitiveness of Russian political life in the 1990s, and the overthrow was due to the transition to the evolutionary phase in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The latter explains the failure of Berezovsky’s attempts at emigration to influence Russian society.


Keywords: Boris Berezovsky; late USSR; Russia in 1990s; Soviet science; the emergence of capitalism in Russia; privatization in Russia; oligarchic capitalism in modern Russia

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