Yuri N. Maltsev

Yuri N. Maltsev is a Professor of Economics at Carthage College in Wisconsin. He held various government and research positions in Moscow, Russia. Before defecting to the US in 1989, he was a member of a senior economics team that worked on President Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika.

Latest by Yuri N. Maltsev in Chronicles

  • The Nightmare of Socialized Medicine
    June 1994

    The Nightmare of Socialized Medicine

    Vladimir Lenin enacted universal, "cradle-to-grave" health coverage in the Soviet Union in 1918. The "right to health" was made one of the constitutional rights of all Soviet citizens; it ranked alongside the "right" to vacation, free dental care, housing, and a clean and safe environment.

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  • January 1994

    Waco in Moscow

    The standoff between President Yeltsin and the Russian Parliament ended in flames and gunfire that can be compared to the sad scenes of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

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  • June 1991

    Gorbachev and the Market

    No doubt Gorbachev has been entirely misunderstood in the West, and continues to be. The primary myth is that glasnost and perestroika represented fundamental change from the Soviet past.

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  • Setting the Stage

    The Bolshevik Revolution's 73rd anniversary set the stage for an angry dissident's attempt to assassinate Mikhail Gorbachev at an outdoor rally. It would have been the first shot of the coming Russian revolution, which may be peaceful, but more likely not.

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