Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack
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International views of Russia have changed drastically in the last decade, due in part to the leadership of the decidedly pro-Western President Yeltsin. It was not without concern that we saw the next elected leader pulled from the ranks of the former KGB.
Andrew Jack, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, uses in-depth research and years of journalistic experience to bring us the first full picture of Vladimir Putin. Jack describes how Putin grew to become the most powerful man in Russia, defying domestic and foreign expectations and presiding over a period of strong economic growth, significant restructuring, and rising international prestige. Despite criticism of his handling of the war in Chechnya and of the controls he introduced on parliament and the media, Putin has united Russian society and maintained extraordinarily high popularity.
Inside Putin's Russia digs behind the rumors and speculation, illuminating Putin's character and the changing nature of the Russia he leads. It highlights some of the more troubling trends as he consolidates his leadership during a second presidential term marred by the Beslan tragedy, the attacks on Yukos and Russian policy towards Ukraine. Now with a new Epilogue by the author, this invaluable book offers important insights for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of Russia.
 

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Andrew Jack is a journalist for the Financial Times, currently based in London. He was based in Russia from 1998 to 2004, covering the end of the Yeltsin era, the rise to power of Vladimir Putin, and his entire period in office.
 
Published December 15, 2005 by Oxford University Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Though he evenhandedly gives credit and assigns demerits to the leader, Jack attributes some of Putin’s success to luck—but more to Putin’s ability to use his luck effectively and judiciously, proving in the bargain to be “a far more reliable partner than Yeltsin, with a more realistic view of hi...

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Black Earth: Russia After the Fall by Andrew Meier 511pp, HarperCollins, £25 Putin's Progress by Peter Truscott 370pp, Simon and Schuster, £17.99 Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack 352pp, Granta, £20 There have been few times like the present in the reporting of Russia.

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Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack Granta, £20, pp352 Putin's Progress by Peter Truscott Simon & Schuster, £17.99, pp384 The foregone conclusion is a familiar hallmark of Russian elections in any period - communist or post-communist - and today is no exception.

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London Review of Books

When a correspondent from Le Monde asked Putin about his hyperlegal methods with the Yukos oil group, Putin angrily replied that the only reason he was asking the question was to earn his fee from Yukos.

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Yeltsin’s health was deteriorating, the presidential elections were imminent and, most critical of all, his “family” of associates was under investigation forTo see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy & Climate Change - England - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - C...

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