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By Anatoly M. Khazanov

ISBN-10: 0299148904

ISBN-13: 9780299148904

 A world-renowned anthropologist, Anatoly M. Khazanov deals a witty, insightful, and cautionary research of ethnic nationalism and its pivotal function within the cave in of the Soviet empire.
    “Khazanov’s encyclopedic wisdom of the heritage and tradition of post-Soviet societies, mixed with box study there because the Sixties, informs the case reports with a unique authoritative voice. This quantity is destined to be a fully worthwhile reference for the knowledge of ethnic kinfolk and the politics of minorities within the ex-USSR into the subsequent century.”—Leonard Plotnicov, editor of Ethnology

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What really matters, however, was that Yeltsin and the forces supporting him demonstrated tolerance, if not encouragement, of the growing separatism of the non-Russian republics of the USSR. IT ready to go as far as transforming the Soviet Union into a confederation, or even a commonwealth. Yeltsin threatened on October 16, 1990, that Russia itself might leave the Soviet Union. This attitude constituted tlw greatest challenge and the greatest danger to Gorbachev's power. If a majority of Russians were to come to the conclusion that their interc11t did not lie in the preservation of the Soviet Union, then Moscow wou ld not be capable of putting down national movements even by force.

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Loll 1111 111 ~ 1111111111 ( . ly, M rll't'h 18, 199'1 ). 38 The Collapse of the Soviet Union ment was expressed by the vice-president of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) Supreme Soviet, Ruslan Khazbulatov, who at that time was an ally ofYeltsin. He stated that the policy of the center dissolved Russia within all-Soviet structures, to Russia's disadvantage (Argumenty ifakty 28 Uune 14-20, 1990]). In 1990, the situation in Russia was very complex. It was hard for Russia to free itself from the legacy of the empire, just as it was difficult for many Russians to free themselves from a certain empire-oriented psychology.

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