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The Price Russians Pay: New Books Put Psychology of Modern Russia Under the Spotlight. Is the Nation's Imperial Mentality Its Own Worse Enemy?

Released in both English and Russian-language version by Psychologist Vladimir Zakharov, ‘The Price Russians Pay’ and ‘The Price Russians Pay (Abstracts)’ examine the self-destructive consequences of Russia’s resistance to political and economic reform. Studied from the perspective of the nation’s rapidly declining population, readers journey from the Russian Empire in the 1890s right through to the present day, to witness a supposed-civilized nation which has to work harder for its achievements than many others.


Eden Prairie, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/14/2014 -- According to Psychologist Vladimir Zakharov, the primary measure of any civilized nation and its Government’s performance is the price of human life and achievements. While Russia has had its fair share of victories (Industrialization, WWII, getting a man into space), the inefficiency of the country’s distributive socialism has forced the country to pay a huge price for these achievements. Russia’s population has taken the biggest toll, declining or at least not increasing each year. Why is this happening, and how does the country’s collective mentality contribute?

All is exposed in two powerful new book by Vladimir Zakharov. ‘The Price Russians Pay’ (written in Russian with 15% translated into English) and ‘The Price Russians Pay (Abstracts)’ (the English-language version) take a look at why present-day Russia resembles nothing more than a stagnant hybrid of Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and a modern post-industrial country.


The demographic situation in Russia deteriorated further after the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991. Russia’s population decreased and the country entered into a protracted period of depopulation between 1999 and 2008. The average losses reached 580,000 people a year. Such unprecedented speed of depopulation happened without world wars, epidemics, and natural disasters. After returning to capitalism, the main factors of Russian depopulation are loss of the sense of life, decline of the Soviet moral basis, alcoholism, early deaths and emigration to other countries. The main part of the loss resulted in the decrease of the working population. If this trend continues, by 2050 Russia will account for less than 1% of the world’s population.

The current country leadership refers back to the same traditional legends of strengthening the defense capacity of the country in a hostile environment, developing new types of missiles, and expanding its territory. Once again, the mindset is to return to the idea that Russia has only two allies—the army and navy. This is a dead-end road, which Russians repeat again and again.

Why is this happening? The answer to these questions are in the book.

“Today’s Russian leaders may try to convince the world that they are moving the country forward with unprecedented potential, but their conservative imperial ambitions continue the same strategic line Russia has been in for the last five hundred years,” explains Zakharov. “They pay no attention to whether or not this fits into the civilization process and the results are obvious.”

Continuing, “Behind closed doors, the country doesn’t actually want to go through the political and economic reforms that would align it with the times and the rest of the world. This ‘manual management’ just imitates change, rather than affecting it.”

With such bold revelations and in-depth study, Zakharov’s work will appeal to anyone interested in Russian history, culture or politics.

‘The Price Russians Pay’ and ‘The Price Russians Pay (Abstracts)’, published by LVZ Human Development Center, Inc., are available now:

English Version: http://amzn.to/1jjfHyY
Russian Version: http://amzn.to/1q3mgsI

About Vladimir P. Zakharov
Vladimir P. Zakharov was born in 1944 in Novosibirsk, Russia. He graduated from the Leningrad High school #213 in 1961. Six years he studied electronics and other technical disciplines at the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute and graduated it in 1967 as an Electrical Engineer. In 1979 he got scientific degree in General Psychology. For 19 years he worked at the Leningrad State University, Faculty of Psychology as an Engineer, Researcher, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the area of psycho-diagnostics and socio-psychological training. Then he founded and for nearly five years leading the Department of Industrial Psychology at St. Petersburg State Technical University. He has 55 publications. Currently he lives in the US, Eden Prairie, MN.