Russia’s Dead End by Andrei Kovalev

Russia's Dead End: An Insiders Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin

Russia’s Dead End | An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin by Andrei Kovalev is a compelling memoir of the author’s career working inside the Kremlin.

Elite-level Soviet politics, privileged access to state secrets, knowledge about machinations inside the Kremlin—such is the environment in which Andrei A. Kovalev lived and worked. In this memoir of his time as a diplomat in key capacities and as a member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s staff, Kovalev reveals hard truths about his country as only a perceptive witness can. In Russia’s Dead End, Kovalev shares his intimate knowledge of political activities behind the scenes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Kremlin before the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991 and afterward, including during the administration of Vladimir Putin.

Kovalev analyzes Soviet efforts to comply with international human-rights obligations, the machinations of the KGB, and the link between corrupt oligarchs and state officials. He documents the fall of the USSR and the post-Soviet explosion of state terrorism and propaganda, and offers a nuanced historical explanation of the roots of Russia’s contemporary crisis under Vladimir Putin. This insider’s memoir provides a penetrating analysis of late-Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics that is pungent, pointed, witty, and accessible. It assesses the current dangerous status of Russian politics and society while illuminating the path to a more just and democratic future.

Andrei A. Kovalev is a former member of the secretariat of President Mikhail Gorbachev. He worked in the Soviet and Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the staff of the Security Council of the Russian Federation during the Yeltsin and Putin administrations. He is the author of two books on Russian on politics.

Translated by Steven I. Levine, a retired professor of politics and history, who is the coauthor of Mao: The Real Story.

Foreword by Peter Reddaway, a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

  • ISBN: 9781612348933
  • 392 pages
  • August 1, 2017

Published by: Potomac Books