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Reference Book of the Month: The Territories of the Russian Federation 2012

The Territories of the Russian Federation

Events surrounding the 2012 Russian Presidential Elections were bought to a head in early February when Doku Umarov, the self-styled ‘leader of the North Caucasus emirate’, announced that his forces would no longer attack Russian citizens, on the basis that the antigovernment protests demonstrated their common enmity to Russia’s rulers. In a year that has proved particularly agitated for Russian politics, dominated not only by public disquiet around elections but also the ongoing insurgency against Russian rule in the predominantly Islamic republics of the North Caucasus, the editors of the 13th edition of The Territories of the Russian Federation have assembled a number of resources to assist readers in grasping the defining issues of the day.

The main body of the volume is compromised of a territorial survey that focuses individually on each of the 83 regions within Russia- ranging from the Baltic Coast region of Kaliningrad to Chukotka, neighboring the Bering Strait. Each entry includes the latest available data on finance, industry and employment, in addition to a summary of the history and politics of each region. This, and an introduction that provides economic, political and historical context for the whole country, help the reader to understand the complex regional tensions and politics of the current climate. The 2012 edition also includes coverage of the December 2011 elections to the State Duma, detailing the ensuing protests against alleged malpractice, and records the numerous new appointments to regional parliaments following the elections that were held at the same time. In-depth analysis is provided by a study of the rise and fall of regionalism by Prof. J Paul Goode, updated for this edition by Inga Saikkonen who expands the essay to include the events of the past year.

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