I am a researcher and journalist who has been writing about Russia and the former Soviet Union for the past twenty years.
This blog highlights themes in my book CHANGE IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA: POWER, MONEY AND PEOPLE, which was published by Pluto Press in November 2009.
My earlier book REVOLUTION IN RETREAT: SOVIET WORKERS AND THE NEW COMMUNIST ELITE 1920-24 was published by Routledge in 2008. There is information about that at www.revolutioninretreat.com.
Both those books come out of a lifetime’s involvement in the workers’ and socialist movement.
I work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, on the Natural Gas Research programme. My publications with the Institute can be accessed at http://www.oxfordenergy.org/gasresearch.php. Many other articles, mostly written in the financial press about the Russian and Ukrainian economies, are here: http://www.simonpirani.com/
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org