All the Kremlin's Men by Mikhail Zygar
Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin

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Of the many accounts written about the Russian president, Mikhail Zygar’s insider’s guide to his court is one of the most compelling. Zygar, a prominent journalist, has clearly earned the confidence of many.
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Charting the transformation of Vladimir Putin from a passionate fan of the West and a liberal reformer into a hurt and introverted outcast, All the Kremlin’s Men is a historical detective story, full of intrigue and conspiracy. This is the story of the political battles that have taken place in the court of Vladimir Putin since his rise to power, and a chronicle of friendship and hatred between the Russian leader and his foreign partners and opponents.

Russia's most prominent independent journalist Mikhail Zygar has had unprecedented access to people who are either currently or were formerly allied with Putin, but have only now agreed to reveal their impressions of the powerful president and his circle of power. Zygar's in-depth interviews include Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin, former Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin, former mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, former presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, former mresidents of Ukraine and Georgia Viktor Yushchenko and Mikhail Saakashvili, and many other key Russian and Western politicians and diplomats. For many people from Putin’s closest circle, it was the first time they could tell their stories.

Each chapter has a main character, who gives an insight into the origins of Vladimir Putin’s transformation. Cumulatively, All the Kremlin’s Men explains to the English-speaking audience what has happened to Russia, what the role of the West is in its destiny, and how this destiny could play out going forward. It is a delicious portrait of the strangeness of modern Russia, a country swirling with intrigue and paranoia, peppered with fateful missteps and confusion, and the brooding, volatile, magnificently unpredictable figure of Vladimir Putin.
 

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Mikhail Zygar is the editor in chief of the only independent TV station in Russia, Rain TV (Dozhd). The channel's coverage of politically sensitive issues, such as the Moscow street protests in 2011 and 2012 and the conflict in Ukraine, has been dramatically different from the official coverage by Russia's national television stations. Despite immense pressure from the government, the channel continues to operate and is the most popular Russian-language channel in many of the former USSR republics. In 2014, Zygar received an award from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und GerdBucerius fund for his work to preserve freedom of speech in Russia. The Committee to Protect Journalists in the United States also awarded him with the International Press Freedom Award and Vice news recently named him "the last journalist in Russia." Previously, Zygar worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant, where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia, and Kosovo. He is a fluent English speaker.
 
Published September 6, 2016 by PublicAffairs. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Kampfner on Oct 03 2016

Of the many accounts written about the Russian president, Mikhail Zygar’s insider’s guide to his court is one of the most compelling. Zygar, a prominent journalist, has clearly earned the confidence of many.

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