Tatarstan, by Ravil Bukharaev, subtitled 'A can do culture - President Mintimer Shaimiev and the power of common sense'
Published by Global Oreiental in 2007, 194 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3413)
Brand New Book
The Republic of Tatarstan is a republic within the Russian Federation, and has a population of just under 4 million people. Its capital is Kazan, and the unofficial Tatarstan motto is Buldırabız! (We can!).
Focusing as it does on one of the most interesting and unusual regional examples of the Russian market transformation, successfully piloted by the Tatarstan's long-serving President Mintimer Shaimiev, this book also argues that whilst there may be no third way between democracy and tyranny, including the economic implications, there may well be and, indeed, are different forms of successful transition, not necessarily foreseen or properly understood by Western observers.
In 1994, the term 'Tatarstan model' came into use to describe the path which one of Russia's constituent republics had adopted during the unprecedented conditions of its transformation from a Soviet-period pseudo-autonomous entity into a democratic market-economy state. Since then, this particular model of development has attracted increasing attention of both domestic Russian and international observers, not least on account of its enduring ethnic and religious multiculturalism.