Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy

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Macmillan, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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A searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm, from “the bravest of Russian
journalists” (The New York Times)


Hailed as “a lone voice crying out in a moral wilderness” (New Statesman), Anna Politkovskaya made her name with her fearless reporting on the war in Chechnya. Now she turns her steely gaze on the multiple threats to Russian stability, among them Vladimir Putin himself.

Rich with characters and poignant accounts, Putin’s Russia depicts a far-reaching state of decay. Politkovskaya describes an army in which soldiers die from malnutrition, parents must pay bribes to recover their dead sons’ bodies, and conscripts are even hired out as slaves. She exposes rampant corruption in business, government, and the judiciary, where everything from store permits to bus routes to court appointments is for sale. And she offers a scathing condemnation of the ongoing war in Chechnya, where kidnappings, extra-judicial killings, rape, and torture are begetting terrorism rather than fighting it. Finally, Politkovskaya denounces both Putin, for stifling civil liberties as he pushes the country back to a Soviet-style dictatorship, and the West, for its unqualified embrace of the Russian leader.

Sounding an urgent alarm, Putin’s Russia is a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of a great and intrepid reporter.


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Politkovskaya, a well known and unfortunately now-deceased Russian journalist fills her book with tales of sad reality of living in the New Russia of late 1990s and early 2000s. She focuses her ... Read full review

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This is a great book to use to talk about women's rights. This book talks about Elizabeth Stanton's early life, as she began to fight for women's rights, until her death. It discusses how she changed America by not giving up on what she believes in. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

A special correspondent for Novaya gazeta, Anna Politkovskaya has been honored by Amnesty International and Index on Censorship. In 2000 she received Russia’s prestigious Golden Pen Award for her coverage of the war in Chechnya. She lives in Moscow.

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