Michael G. Kort, The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union. The Millbrook Press, 1997.

[from jacket]: The Handbook of the Former Soviet Union is the first place to look for the answers to questions about the history of the Soviet Union and the future of Russia and the newly independent states. This easy-to-use, cross-referenced volume includes a wide range of completely up-to-date information. Includes:

--Full-color maps showing past and present borders, topograph, and historic landmarks, such as the Silk Route.

--An encyclopedia section illustrated with current pictures of personalities and places.

--An illustrated history of the land and its people, and a look to the future for Russia and the other newly independent states.