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Richard Sakwa (born 1953) is an expert in the field of 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] Professor Sakwa is one of the UK's leading scholars of Russian politics.[3] His current research interests include: democratic development in Russia, nature of postcommunism and global challenges facing the former communist countries.[4][5]

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

  • Commune state in Moscow in 1918, 1987
  • Gorbachev and the new soviet foreign policy, 1988
  • Soviet communists in power : a study of Moscow during the Civil War, 1918-21, 1988
  • Commune democracy & Gorbachev's reforms, 1989
  • Soviet Politics : An Introduction, 1989, ISBN 0415005051, ISBN 9780415005050
  • Gorbachev and his reforms, 1985-1990, 1990, ISBN 0860034232, ISBN 9780860034230
  • Revolution of 1991 in Russia : interpretations of the Moscow coup, 1992
  • Struggle for Russia : power and change in the democratic revolution, 1993 (ed)
  • Russian Politics and Society, 2008, ISBN 0415415284, ISBN 9780415415286
  • Development of the Russian party system, 1995
  • Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the electoral process, 1996
  • Russian politics and society 2nd edition, 1996
  • Regime system in Russia, 1997
  • Soviet politics in perspective, 1998
  • What is Russia?, 1998
  • The Rise and fall of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991, 1999, ISBN 0415122902, ISBN 9780415122900
  • Postcommunism, 1999
  • Contemporary Europe, 2000 (ed)
  • Transition in post-communist states: triple or quadruple?, 2001
  • Russian politics and society 3rd edition, 2002
  • Contextualizing secession : normative studies in comparative perspective, 2003 (ed)
  • Putin: Russia's choice, 2004, 2nd ed. 2008
  • Chechnya : From Past to Future, 2005, ISBN 184331164X, ISBN 9781843311645
  • Developments in Russian politics 6, 2005 (ed)


  1. ^ a b Professor Richard Sakwa
  2. ^ Richard Sakwa, ed (2005). Chechnya: From Past to Future. Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-84331-164-5.  
  3. ^ Putin: Russia's Choice About the book
  4. ^ Professor Richard Sakwa - Research
  5. ^ Works by or about Richard Sakwa in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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