This Day in Jewish History / Prophet of USSR’s Collapse Dies

Igor Birman’s predictions fell mostly on deaf ears in his adopted U.S. home, but he knew the Soviet economy was in deep trouble.

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On April 6, 2011, Igor Birman, the Moscow-born-and-trained economist whose prediction of the Soviet Union’s collapse fell largely on deaf ears in his adoptive home of Washington, D.C., died at the age of 82.