A Dirty War
A Russian Reporter in Chechnya
By (author) Anna Politkovskaya
Volume editor John Crowfoot
Translated by John Crowfoot
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Dirty War by Anna Politkovskaya
Book DescriptionThe Chechen War was supposed to be over in 1996 after the first Yeltsin campaign, but in the summer of 1999, the new Putin government decided, in their own words, to 'do the job properly'. Before all the bodies of those who had died in the first campaign had been located or identified, many more thousands would be slaughtered in another round of fighting. The first account to be written by a Russian woman, A Dirty War is an edgy and intense study of a conflict that shows no sign of being resolved. Exasperated by the Russian government's attempt to manipulate media coverage of the war, journalist Anna Politkovskaya undertook to go to Chechnya, to make regular reports and keep events in the public eye. In a series of despatches from July 1999 to January 2001 she vividly describes the atrocities and abuses of war, whether it be the corruption endemic in post-Communist Russia, in particular the government and the military, or the spurious arguments and abominable behaviour of the Chechen authorities. In these courageous reports, Politkovskaya excoriates male stupidity and brutality on both sides of the conflict and interviews the civilians whose homes and communities have been laid waste, leaving them nowhere to live, and nothing and no one to believe in.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781860468971
(211mm x 148mm x 25mm)
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anna Politkovskaya
Nothing But the Truth, Paperback (January 2011)
From the author of the internationally acclaimed Putin's Russia and A Russian Diary, this book offers a collection of her best writings.
Russian Diary, Paperback (April 2008)
Covering the period from the Russian parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the tragic aftermath of the Beslan school siege in late 2005, this title is an unflinching record of the plight of millions of Russians and a pitiless report on the cynicism and corruption of Vladimir Putin's Presidency.
Small Corner of Hell, Paperback (April 2007)
Offers an insider's view of the Chechen War conflict. This work focuses her attention on those caught in the crossfire. It recounts the everyday horrors of living in the midst of war, examines how the Chechen war has damaged Russian society, and takes a look at the ways people on both sides profited from it.
Putin's Russia, Paperback (October 2004)» View all books by Anna Politkovskaya
A former KGB spy, Vladimir Putin was named President of Russia in 2000. From the moment he entered the public arena he marketed himself as an open, enlightened leader eager to engage with the West. This book tells the story of Putin's iron grip on Russian life from the individual citizens whose situations have been shaped by his brand of tyranny.
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Author Biography - Anna Politkovskaya
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 Putin's Russia, A Russian Diary and Nothing But the Truth, collected reportage. Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in October 2006.
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