Richard Sakwa

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(academic, author)
Interests • Russia
• Geopolitics

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. He writes books about 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 on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs, and has written and edited several books and articles on the subject.[1] Sakwa was also a participant of Valdai Discussion Club, 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 and a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.[1]


NATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.”
Richard Sakwa (2015)  [2] (Author's 2015 book "Fronline Ukraine")


Sakwa has been praised for cutting through the myths of both supporters and critics of Vladimir Putin. Michael Rochlitz, an associate fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, described his book Putin Redux as 'detailed, balanced and sober'[3]. His book Frontline Ukraine, interprets Russian military intervention in Ukraine as a reaction by Russia to eastwards expansion of NATO and a symptom of the breakdown of the post-Cold War European security order.[4][5] The book was well-received by the US dissident Noam Chomsky[6], historian Paul Robinson[7] and political scientist Serhiy Kudelia[8].

Published works


  • Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands (I B Tauris, 2015) ISBN 978-1-78453-064-8
  • The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011). [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 978-0-521-76842-9 (hbk); ISBN 978-0-521-14522-0 (pbk)]
  • Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. vii + 167. [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 978-0-333-60679-7 paperback]
Russian edition: to be published in Russian by Rosspen.
Putin: El Elegido de Rusia (Madrid, Ediciones Folio, S.A., 2005). ISBN 84-413-2251-1
  • The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, in the Routledge Sources in History series, General Editor: David Welch, Professor of Modern History, UKC (London, Routledge, 1999), pp.xxi + 521. [ISBN (hbk) 0-415-12289; (pbk) 0-415-12290-2] A book of annotated documents charting the political and moral trajectory of communism in the USSR.
  • Postcommunism, in the series Concepts in the Social Sciences, General Editor Frank Parkin (Buckingham and Philadelphia, Open University Press, 1999), pp. 144. [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 0-335-20058-3 (hbk); ISBN 0-335-20057-5 (pbk)] Translated into Portuguese as O Pós-comunismo (Lisbon, Instituto Piaget, 2001), pp. 203. ISBN 972-771-443-9. Spanish translation went to press in September 2004.
  • Soviet Politics in Perspective, Second fully reworked edition of Soviet Politics: An Introduction (London, Routledge, October 1998), pp. xiii + 355. [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 0-415-16992-5 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-07153-4 (pbk)]
  • Gorbachev and His Reforms, 198590 (London, Philip Allan/Simon and Schuster, October 1990; Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, February 1991), pp. xiv + 459. [0-86003-423-2 (hbk); 0-86003-723-1 (pbk)]
  • Soviet Politics: An Introduction (London and New York, Routledge, June 1989), pp. xvi + 356. [[[International Standard Book Number|ISBN]] 0-415-00505-1 (hbk); ISBN 0-415-00506-X (pbk)]
  • Soviet Communists in Power: A Study of Moscow During the Civil War, 191821 (London, Macmillan, July 1988; New York, St Martins, 1988), pp. xxii + 342. [0-333-39847-5]



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