Moscow Days: Life and Hard Times in the New Russia

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Kodansha International, 1996 - Social Science - 238 pages
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Moscow Days is the wry, frank, and poignant personal account of life in the new Russia by writer and journalist Galina Dutkina. In the first book by a Russian to detail everyday life in the post-Soviet era, Dutkina describes Moscow's newly rich, newly poor, and those caught in between. She tells of struggling Russian youths, increasingly violent gang members, conniving beggars, the new Russian intelligentsia, mafiosos-turned-politicians, and ailing pensioners who cannot afford doctors. She shows us the food stores bare of Russian staples such as beef or fish but crammed with French bonbons. She speaks about the difficulties of raising children, and the plight of the modern Russian woman. Along the way she offers new insights into why her country finds itself in such a predicament.

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MOSCOW DAYS: Life and Hard Times in the New Russia

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Superficial journalism masquerading as critique, Dutkina's report on the depravities of post-Communist Russia is a rehash of familiar material. For the past few years, the media have provided ... Read full review

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Dutkina is an editor and translator at a Moscow publishing house who has kept her same, respectable job and stayed in Moscow throughout the past four years of drastic change, not trying to join the ... Read full review


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