Richard Sakwa

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Richard Sakwa (born 1953) is Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. He writes books about Russian and Eastern European communist and post-communist politics.


Sakwa is currently Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. From 2001 to 2007 he was also the head of the University's Politics and International Relations department. He has published extensively on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs, and has written and edited several books and articles on the subject.[1][2] His current research interests include: democratic development in Russia, nature of postcommunism and global challenges facing the former communist countries.[3][4]

Prof. Sakwa is also an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute of Law and Public Policy in Moscow, a member of the Eurasian Political Studies Network and a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.[1]

Published works


Russian edition: to be published in Russian by Rosspen.
Spanish edition
Putin: El Elegido de Rusia (Madrid, Ediciones Folio, S.A., 2005). [ISBN 84-413-2251-1]
Russian edition
Putin: vybor Rossii (Moscow, Olma Press, 2006). [ISBN 0-415-29663-3]
  • Russian Politics and Society, Third Edition, completely rewritten and reorganised (London and New York, Routledge, 2002), pp. 542. [ISBN 0-415-22752-6 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-22753-4 (pbk)]
  • The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, in the Routledge Sources in History series, General Editor: David Welch, Professor of Modern History, UKC (London, Routledge, 1999), pp.xxi + 521. [ISBN (hbk) 0-415-12289; (pbk) 0-415-12290-2] A book of annotated documents charting the political and moral trajectory of communism in the USSR.
  • Postcommunism, in the series Concepts in the Social Sciences, General Editor Frank Parkin (Buckingham and Philadelphia, Open University Press, 1999), pp. 144. [ISBN 0-335-20058-3 (hbk); ISBN 0-335-20057-5 (pbk)] Translated into Portuguese as O Pós-comunismo (Lisbon, Instituto Piaget, 2001), pp. 203. [ISBN 972-771-443-9]. Spanish translation went to press in September 2004.
  • Soviet Politics in Perspective, Second fully reworked edition of Soviet Politics: An Introduction (London, Routledge, October 1998), pp. xiii + 355. [ISBN 0-415-16992-5 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-07153-4 (pbk)]
  • Russian Politics and Society, Second Edition, completely rewritten and reorganised (London and New York, Routledge, October 1996), pp. xvii + 501. [ISBN 0-415-15483-9 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-12160-4 (pbk)]
  • Russian Politics and Society (London and New York, Routledge, September 1993), pp. xi + 506. [ISBN 0-415-09540-9 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-09541-7 (pbk)].
  • Gorbachev and His Reforms, 198590 (London, Philip Allan/Simon and Schuster, October 1990; Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, February 1991), pp. xiv + 459. [0-86003-423-2 (hbk); 0-86003-723-1 (pbk)]
  • Soviet Politics: An Introduction (London and New York, Routledge, June 1989), pp. xvi + 356. [ISBN 0-415-00505-1 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-00506-X (pbk)]
  • Soviet Communists in Power: A Study of Moscow During the Civil War, 191821 (London, Macmillan, July 1988; New York, St Martins, 1988), pp. xxii + 342. [0-333-39847-5]


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  2. Richard Sakwa, ed. (2005). Chechnya: From Past to Future. Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-84331-164-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Professor Richard Sakwa - Research
  4. Works by or about Richard Sakwa in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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