This book published in 2007 is a very nice history of Russia.The author is an academician on this area. The book starts with the formation of Russian nation starting with 7th century and goes on till Putin era.
I liked this book because it is written in cause-reason manner, not only the causes were given but also the reasons. Affects of events in Europe to Russian economy or politics..etc. The book covers the tsarist era as well as soviet era and post-soviet era.
Worth reading for everyone interested in history of Russia.