Poverty and corruption in Post-Soviet Russia : comparison of Yeltsin and Putin eras

Yıldırım, Emek
This thesis investigates the two major problems of poverty and corruption in post-Soviet Russia, by comparing Boris Yeltsin’s and Vladimir Putin’s terms of office. In order to do that, political and economic circumstances during these two presidents’ eras, the reasons of these two problems, and the consequences of certain policies adapted by these two presidents are focused on. The main argument of the thesis is to analyze interactively the certain conditions of poverty and corruption in the Russian Federation under the presidencies of both Yeltsin and Putin.


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Citation Formats
E. Yıldırım, “Poverty and corruption in Post-Soviet Russia : comparison of Yeltsin and Putin eras,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.