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Contemporary Russia: Second Edition
by Edwin Bacon
Contemporary Russia provides a readable and accessible introduction to Russia's politics, economics, and society focusing especially on the Putin legacy and Medvedev's presidency. Present developments are set in the historical context of the events and trends of Russia's first post-Soviet decade and of the country's changing place in the world.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published September 20th 2005)
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While not a big page turner, it was really good for what it was and gave me a lot of important information in an understandable and not-too-dense way. Feel much more prepared for Russia after reading it.