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Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskaya
Book DescriptionInternationally admired for her reporting, especially on the Chechen wars, award-winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya has turned her steely gaze on the man who, until very recently, was a darling of the Western media. 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. Unlike many European and American journalists and politicians, Politkovskaya never trusted Putin's press image. From her privileged vantage point at the heart of Russian current affairs, she set about to dismantle both Putin the man and Putin the brand name, arguing that he is a power-hungry product of his own history and so unable to prevent himself from stifling civil liberties at every turn. This is not, Polikovskaya argues, the kind of leader most contemporary Russians want. To prove her theory, she tells the story of Putin's iron grip on Russian life from the point of view of individual citizens whose situations have been shaped by his unique brand of tyranny. Mafia dealings, scandals in the provinces, military and judiciary corruption, the decline of the intelligentsia, the tragic mishandling of the Moscow theatre siege - all are subject to Polikovskaya's pitiless but invariably humane scrutiny. This intimate portrait of nascent civil institutions being subverted under the unquestioning eyes of the West could not be more timely.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843430506
(198mm x 128mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2004
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)View all books by Anna Politkovskaya
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.
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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 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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