Putin's Russia

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Harvill Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Russia - 301 pages
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Former KGB spy Vladimir Putin, named Prime Minister of Russia in 1999 and, one year later, President, has been something of a media darling in the West, having successfully marketed himself as an enlightened leader with both feet planted firmly on the Eastern borders of Europe. Anti-establishment journalist and human-rights activist Anna Politkovskaya disagrees strenuously with this point of view. In her new book, she trains her steely gaze on, as she puts at, Putin 'without the rapture'. From her privileged vantage-point at the heart of Russian current affairs, Politkovskaya reports from behind the scenes, dismantling both Putin the man and Putin the brand name, arguing that he is a power-hungry product of his own history in the security forces and so unable to prevent himself from stifling dissent and other civil liberties at every turn. After centuries of living under tyrants, Politkovskaya argues, this is not what contemporary Russians want. The book is, however, not simply a biography or an analysis of Putin's presidency. Politkovskaya's writing is known for its humanity and its passion, and her focus is on individual human beings and their stories. As she puts it, 'my book is jottings made on the margins of life in Russia. For the time being, I cannot analyse that existence. I'm just living and noting what I see.' So her readers are treated to expos-s of mafia dealings and scandals in the provinces, of corruption in the military and the judiciary, of the decline of the dissident intelligentsia and concomitant rise of street traders, and of the truth behind the Moscow theatre siege. Other shocking stories fill out an intimate portrait of nascent civil institutions being subverted under the unquestioning eyes of the West.

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Review: Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy

User Review  - Aleksandar Nedelchev - Goodreads

A troubling overview of modern Russia. Could easily be a in a horror genre. Politkovskaya touches on the atrocities of the military, the corrupted administration, police turned to mafia puppets, and of course Putin on top of it all... Read full review

Review: Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy

User Review  - Joanie - Goodreads

I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of bravery and persistence required to write what Anna Politkovskaya has written, knowing that you are painting that target on your back. I've been meaning ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Known to many as 'Russia's lost moral conscience', Anna Politkovskaya was a special correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta and the recipient of many honours for her writing. She is the author of A Dirty War,A Russian Diary and Nothing But the Truth, a collection of her journalism. Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in October 2006.

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