This course will offer an overview of main political and social events between 1991 and modern day Russia. Learn about the developments that lead to and that transpired after the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The course will focus on post-break up economic and political developments, the new Russian Constitution, freedom of the press, creation of new political parties, free elections, and independent judiciary. The course will also review the role of Boris Yeltsin in modern Russian history, the 1998 financial crisis, and the new class of oligarchs. Finally, we will discuss successful Russian and U.S. cooperation, the fate of the free press, the role of the internet, the opposition, and finally Russia's role in other countries.