Russia as Aggressor: the view of Andrei Illarionov
Andrei Illarionov. Photo: unknown
Like Kasparov, Andrei Illarionov is highly critical of the current regime in Russia. A libertarian who served as an economic advisor of President Putin until 2005, Illarionov has strongly condemned Russia's intervention in Georgia and resigned in protest from his government position. He has also argued that Georgia is winning the battle of ideas due to its commitment to democracy and free market ideals. On his personal blog he writes,
"Sometimes I am reproached for giving too much attention to Georgia. I don't think so. As a matter of fact, I am convinced that I don't give enough attention to Georgia.
Because the topics that are often times
- "The Russian Leadership's Preparation for War, 1999-2008," in Svante Cornell and S. Fredrick Starr, eds. The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2009). Here Illarionov makes the case that Russia never really sought to resolve its problems with Georgia peacefully.
- "The Siloviki in Charge," Journal of Democracy, vol. 20, no. 2, April 2009, looks at the new Russian political elite.
- "Friedman and Russia," Cato Journal, vol. 28, no. 1, Winter 2008
- "Oil and Freedom in the New Russia," Cato Policy Report, vol. 29, no. 1, January/February 2007
- "Russia's Potemkin Capitalism," in Ian Vasquez, ed., Global Fortune: The Stumble and Rise of World Capitalism (Cato Institute, 2000).