Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - justine28 - LibraryThing
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 set of journalistic reports from Russia in the early 2000s, some of the last ones the author completed before she was murdered in 2006. She provides sickening details on war crimes in ... Read full review
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