The kidnapping of my father or the 1990s in Russia

If you are not familiar with Russia’s modern history and want a synopsis of Russia’s 1990s decade — I have it. You’re welcome.

A. FUCKING.MESS.

Economic turmoil, multiple political crises, crime, mafia activity, poverty, the war in Chechnya, hostage crises. Life expectancy in the country fell to a ridiculous fifty-something.

When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, there was a lot of hope. Yeltsin then defeated the coup led by the headliners who wanted to save the Soviet Union and emerged as the…