Tatarstan: A 'can-do' Culture : President Mintimer Shaimiev and the Power of Common Sense

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Global Oriental, 2007 - History - 194 pages
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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 from both domestic Russian and international observers, not least on account of its enduring ethnic and religious multiculturalism. Focusing as it does on one of the most interesting and unusual regional examples of the Russian market transformation, successfully piloted by the republic’s long-serving President Mintimer Shaimiev, this book also argues that whilst there may be no third way between democracy and tyranny, also in economic terms, there may be and, indeed, are different forms of successful transition not necessarily foreseen or properly understood by Western observers.

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Ravil Bukharaev is a well-known writer, poet, radio journalist and scholar of religious, cultural and political history of his native Tatarstan. He was born in Kazan in 1951. He is the author of more than thirty books, among which are The Model of Tatarstan Under President Mintimer Shaimiev (London/New York, 1999), Islam in Russia: the Four Seasons (London/New York, 2000). In 2005, he was awarded the M. Lomonosov Gold Medal for his contribution to Russian Arts, Science and Education and, in 2006, the State Prize of Tatarstan for his latest books of poetry. He has lived in London, UK, since 1992.

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