Anyone who worries about the direction Russia has taken under Putin will find this post from Leon Aron, director of Russia studies at the American Enterprise Institute, on Yegor Gaidar's death heartbreaking.
The positive aspects of any man's life tend to be accentuated in death, and many of the tributes to Gaidar, like this one, have taken a decidedly rosy perspective on the shock therapy he administered to the Russian economy. The reality is far more complicated and much less positive.
But however flawed that project would ultimately be, imagine the alternative. The historical revisionism of the Putin years, under which the names Gorbachev, Gaidar and Yakovlev became synonymous with humiliation and suffering, must have slowly killed a man like Gaidar, a man whose work was to literally save the Russian people from famine and collapse.