Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

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Yale University Press, Jun 18, 2013 - Business & Economics - 379 pages
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DIVFrom Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putin’s friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, business tycoons, mobsters, and ordinary Russian citizens. Fragile Empire is the fruit of Judah’s thorough research: a probing assessment of Putin’s rise to power and what it has meant for Russia and her people./divDIV/divDIVDespite a propaganda program intent on maintaining the cliché of stability, Putin’s regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a highly public protest movement that told a different side of the story. Judah argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability. The author explores both Putin’s successes and his failed promises, taking into account the impact of a new middle class and a new generation, the Internet, social activism, and globalization on the president’s impending leadership crisis. Can Russia avoid the crisis of Putinism? Judah offers original and up-to-the-minute answers./div
  

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Review: Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

User Review  - Simon Woell - Goodreads

a very good read on the topic. the language is clear and understandable. the book is full of interesting narratives, but although it is very diverse judahs young age leads to a book full of stories rather than a coherent overview. must read for russia experts though. Read full review

Review: Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

User Review  - Dav - Goodreads

A fascinating story in desperate need of an editor. Despite its rambling length and disheveled state of editorial disarray, I couldn't stop reading it because Russia is a fascinatingly fucked up self ... Read full review

Contents

The Weakest Strongman
1
The President from Nowhere
7
The Videocracy
35
The Great Turn
55
The Vertical of Power
90
Putins Court
115
Dizzy with Success
135
Servant Medvedev
169
Moscow Is Not Russia
250
Moscow the Colonialist
275
Chinese Nightmares
292
The Ghosts
324
Notes
331
Bibliography
351
35
359
135
368

Navalny and the Evolution of the Opposition
195
The Decembrists
225

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About the author (2013)

DIVDIVBen Judah reported for Reuters in Moscow before joining the European Council on Foreign Relations in London as a Russia analyst. He is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative. His work has featured in the Financial Times, the Economist, Prospect, Standpoint and Foreign Policy./div/div

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