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Russia’s Commanding Heights

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I found a great PBS documentary called Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy while searching for video for a lecture on the Yeltsin years. PBS has put all the film’s chapters online, and I wanted to let readers know about the segments on Russia:

Communism on the Heights, 6:16

The Ghosts of Norilsk, 4:27


Behind the Iron Façade, 8:18

Heresy in the USSR, 8:08

Gorbachev Tries China, 7:17

Soviet Free Fall, 4:52

Reform Goes Awry, 4:26

Russia Tries to Privatize, 5:33


Loans For Shares, 6:18

Closing the Deal, 3:50