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Åslund, Anders. How Russia Became a Market Economy. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, c1995, 378p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .A84 1995
LC Catalog Record: 95000786

In-depth analysis of the economic and political forces that shaped Russia's transformation to a market economy by a recognized expert on the subject.

Åslund, Anders. Building Capitalism: The Transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. 508 p.
LC Call Number: HC244 .A813 2002
LC Catalog Record: 00065989
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Author analyzes Russia's experience of transition to the market economy in the broader context of the economic transformation of the former Soviet bloc during the first decade after communism.

Åslund, Anders, Guriev, Sergei and Kuchins, Andrew C., editors. Russia after the global economic crisis. Washington, DC : Peterson Institute for International Economics : Center for Strategic and International Studies; Moscow : New Economic School, 2010. 287 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .R8277 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2010014253

The second book of the Russian Balance Sheet research project examines why Russia fared worse than any other G-20 country in the recent global economic crisis and what can be done to ensure future growth. Topics discussed in depth include corruption and law, foreign economic policy, the role of high-tech industries in the Russian economy, energy efficiency and military reform. Excellent source of information about current economic conditions in Russia.
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Issue 13/14: Summer/Fall 2008

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Russia (Federation), lumber industry, City of Tobolsk, 1912.
Image (above):
Lumber Industry, Tobolsk, Russia (Federation). 1912.
    Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, 1863-1944,
Forms part of: Prokudin-Gorskii Collection
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prokc-20755

Barnes, Andrew. Owning Russia : The Struggle over Factories, Farms, and Power. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, c2006. 273 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .B39 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2005027435
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Examination of redistribution of property in Russia in the 1990s. Historical overview of property relations in Russia; detailed analysis of privatization in manufacturing, banking and agribusiness. Includes chapters on formation of financial-industrial groups and re-nationalization of the Yukos oil company.

Country Profile: Russia. London : Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), c1992-.
LC Call Number: HC331 .C678
LC Catalog Record: 93657060

Excellent reference source on Russian politics, infrastructure and economy. Covers business environment, government, economic infrastructure, industry production, trade, exports/imports, natural resources. Appendices contain Russia's main economic indicators. Published annually. Also available online to subscribers.

Gaddy, Clifford G.and Barry W. Ickes. Russia's Virtual Economy. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2002. 306 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .G33 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2002008413

Provocative inquiry into the inner workings of Russia's transitional economy. Authors use a 'virtual economy' concept to explain how the Russian 'mutant' economy combined elements of both market and non-market character in the 1990s.

Gaĭdar, Yegor, ed. The Economics of Transition. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003. 1030 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .E275 2003
LC Catalog Record: 2003042130

This collection of essays by leading Russian economists discusses Russia's economic transformation in the 1990s. Chapters focus on liberalization of prices, exchange rate and trade system, macroeconomic stabilization, and institutional reform. Authors analyze the causes of the financial crisis of 1998 and look at the privatization and social consequences of economic reforms. Editor, a prominent Russian economist, is considered a main architect of the Russian economic reform. He led Russia's reformist government in the early 1990s.

Granville, Brigitte and Peter Oppenheimer, eds. Russia's Post-communist Economy. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. 551 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .R8785 2001
LC Catalog Record: 2001021638
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Collection of articles by Western and Russian economists which provides well-rounded overview of Russia's economy in the beginning of the 21st century. Contains many statistical tables. Detailed bibliographies include links to working papers on the Web.

Gregory, Paul R. and Robert C. Stuart. Russian and Soviet Economic Performance and Structure. Boston : Addison-Wesley, c2001. 502 p.
LC Call Number: HC335 .G723 2001
LC Catalog Record: 00044149

The 7th edition of a popular textbook for students of post-communist studies examines the contemporary Russian economy in the broader historical context. Analyzes the origins of the administrative command economy and its decline, as well as the influence of the Soviet legacy on the performance of the post-communist Russian economy.

Hardt, John Pearce, ed. Russia's Uncertain Economic Future. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 2003. 481 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .R8853 2003
LC Catalog Record: 2003000257

Part of a series of committee prints for the Joint Economic Committee by the Congressional Research Service. Compendium of articles which gives a well-rounded overview of the Russian economic system and its performance primarily from 1992-2001. Topics covered: taxation and banking system, energy sector, agricultural reform, cross-sectoral labor productivity, demographics and health care, social welfare, U.S.-Russian trade and investment, U.S. assistance to Russia and Russia and international financial institutions. Includes detailed statistics for 1992-2001 with investment breakdown by sector and institution.

Jeffries, Ian. Economic developments in contemporary Russia. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2011. 560 p.
LC Call Number: HC336.27 .J437 2011
LC Catalog Record: 2010026344

Thorough compilation of news reports on recent developments in the Russian economy, based mostly on the English-language sources. The book describes monumental changes in Russia's economy, from market liberalization in 1991 through recovery after the economic slump of 2008-09.

Ledeneva, Alena V. and Marina Kurkchiyan, eds. Economic Crime in Russia. London ; Boston : Kluwer Law International, 2000. 300 p.
LC Call Number: HV6771.R8 E25 2000
LC Catalog Record: 00029635

Russian researchers examine most forms of Russian economic crime in the 1990's and some of its causes. Demonstrates that criminalization of economy had deep roots in society.

Russia Regional Economic & Business Atlas. Igor S. Oleynik and Natasha Alexander, eds.
Washington, D.C.: International Business Publications, 2005. 1 atlas
LC Call Number: G2141.G1 I5 2005
LC Catalog Record: 2007532005

Economic profiles of the Russian regions. Includes maps, industry rankings.

Spulber, Nicolas. Russia's Economic Transitions : From Late Tsarism to the New Millennium. New York : Cambridge University Press, c2003. 420 p.
LC Call Number: HC334.5 .S68 2003b
LC Catalog Record: 2006279875
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Author examines three major transformations of the Russia's economy from the early 1860s to 2000.

Yavlinsky, Grigory. Perspektivy Rossii : ėkonomicheskiĭ i politicheskiĭ vzglyad. Moscow : Gallea-Print, 2006.
143 p.
LC Call Number: HC340.12 .I1957 2006
LC Catalog Record: 2006461606

A sober and pessimistic look at the current Russian socioeconomic situation with a call for deep institutional reforms from a prominent Russian economist and ex-lawmaker.

Internet Resources

Предварительные итоги Всероссийской переписи населения 2010 года.
Federal State Statistics Service, Russian Federation. External Link

Highlights of Russia's 2010 census. Free access. In Russian only.

Интернет-портал Правительства Российской Федерации. External Link

Internet portal of the Russian federal government. In Russian only.

Министерство экономического развития. External Link

Official site of the Ministry of Economic Development. Includes macroeconomic indicators, reports on economy and foreign trade, and full-text versions of federal laws and regulations related to the economy. Selected content in English.

Торгово-промышленная палата РФ. External Link

Official web site of Russia's Chamber of Commerce. Selected content in English.

Федеральная служба государственной статистики. External Link

Official site of the Federal Service for State Statistics (RosStat). Basic macroeconomic indicators, selected industry statistics. Free access. Web site has full-fledged English version.

American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. External Link

Free access to some American Chamber of Commerce online publications. "Doing Business in Russia" section covers business and tax regulations, customs, investment and labor issues, property rights, real estate, energy, and information on Russia's regions. Some content available only to subscribers.

Doing business and investing in the Russian Federation 2015. PwC. External Link [PDF format: 2.13MB/68pp.]

Concise introduction to Russian economy and business. Contains brief country profile, overview of the Russian economy, legal, tax and accounting systems, labor relations and corporate transparency matters. Free download with registration.

Doing Business in Russian Federation. World Bank. External Link

"The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF) measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages." - Выставки России, СНГ, мира. External Link

Information on trade shows in Russia and other former Soviet Union states. Trade shows can be searched by city/country, date and subject. Exhibit news, press releases, online registration, links to online trade show catalogs. Information available in Russian and English.

I-Tenders. External Link

Online database of government and corporate tenders, searchable by industry, product or region. Lists of business opportunities, and news. Free access. In Russian only.

Портал госзакупок. External Link

New official portal for state procurements. Contains registry of federal and municipal contracts and contractors, list of unscrupulous suppliers, etc.

NationMaster. External Link

This reference site contains country statistics, maps, graphs and charts. Provides country comparisons based on data from the CIA World Factbook, UN, OECD and other sources.

World Bank: Russian Economic Reports.,00.html External Link

A series of economic reports from the Moscow office of the World Bank. Each report contains a concise description of the major economic trends and issues facing the Russian economy. In English and Russian.

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