Lawrence Scott Sheets

Lawrence Scott Sheets, who reported for Reuters and National Public Radio on the collapse of the Soviet Union, is the Caucasus project director of the International Crisis Group. This article is excerpted from his new book, Eight Pieces of Empire: A 20-Year Journey Through the Soviet Collapse (Crown, © 2011).

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