Fragile Empire by Ben Judah
How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

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What makes Fragile Empire important...is its dissection of Putin’s decline in popularity after 2008. It is the first to tell the story not just of the Moscow protest movement but of the less visible, but no less real, dissatisfaction beyond the capital.
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From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putin’s friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, business tycoons, mobsters, and ordinary Russian citizens. Fragile Empire is the fruit of Judah’s thorough research: a probing assessment of Putin’s rise to power and what it has meant for Russia and her people. Despite a propaganda program intent on maintaining the cliché of stability, Putin’s regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a highly public protest movement that told a different side of the story. Judah argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability. The author explores both Putin’s successes and his failed promises, taking into account the impact of a new middle class and a new generation, the Internet, social activism, and globalization on the president’s impending leadership crisis. Can Russia avoid the crisis of Putinism? Judah offers original and up-to-the-minute answers.
 

About Ben Judah

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Ben Judah reported for Reuters in Moscow before joining the European Council on Foreign Relations in London as a Russia analyst. He is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative. His work has featured in the Financial Times, the Economist, Prospect, Standpoint and Foreign Policy.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by Yale University Press. 403 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History.
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Reviewed by Luke Harding on Jun 27 2013

Judah is an intrepid reporter and classy political scientist.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jun 17 2013

...those wondering how Putin became and remained so popular will benefit from this sober, well-researched case.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Neil Buckley on Jul 19 2013

What makes Fragile Empire important...is its dissection of Putin’s decline in popularity after 2008. It is the first to tell the story not just of the Moscow protest movement but of the less visible, but no less real, dissatisfaction beyond the capital.

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