Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia

Marshall Goldman recounts Russia’s economic collapse in 1998 and its reemergence only a decade later as a financial force due to its energy wealth.  Mr. Goldman reports that Russia is the world’s largest producer of petroleum and the second largest exporter.  He details the efforts Vladimir Putin made to renationalize Russian oil and how these profits were used to pay off the countries national debt.  This event was hosted by the Southern Center for International Studies in Atlanta.

Marshall Goldman is a senior scholar at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University and an economics professor emeritus at Wellesley College. Mr. Goldman’s writing has appeared in several publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Foreign Affairs.

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