Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskaya
Life in a Failing Democracy

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A searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm, from “the bravest of Russian
journalists” (The New York Times)

Hailed as “a lone voice crying out in a moral wilderness” (New Statesman), Anna Politkovskaya made her name with her fearless reporting on the war in Chechnya. Now she turns her steely gaze on the multiple threats to Russian stability, among them Vladimir Putin himself.

Rich with characters and poignant accounts, Putin’s Russia depicts a far-reaching state of decay. Politkovskaya describes an army in which soldiers die from malnutrition, parents must pay bribes to recover their dead sons’ bodies, and conscripts are even hired out as slaves. She exposes rampant corruption in business, government, and the judiciary, where everything from store permits to bus routes to court appointments is for sale. And she offers a scathing condemnation of the ongoing war in Chechnya, where kidnappings, extra-judicial killings, rape, and torture are begetting terrorism rather than fighting it. Finally, Politkovskaya denounces both Putin, for stifling civil liberties as he pushes the country back to a Soviet-style dictatorship, and the West, for its unqualified embrace of the Russian leader.

Sounding an urgent alarm, Putin’s Russia is a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of a great and intrepid reporter.


About Anna Politkovskaya

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ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA (born 1958 in New York City) was a special correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta and the author of A Dirty War; A Small Corner of Hell; Putin's Russia; and A Russian Diary. She was murdered in Moscow on October 7, 2006.
Published January 9, 2007 by Metropolitan Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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“Nobody has any hard facts,” she writes, “but everybody is frightened, just as people used to be.” But there’s a big difference: whereas the pride of the USSR was its military, today’s Russian armed forces are staffed by brutal officers who rob their subordinates and sometimes kill them for pleas...

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Putin's Russia by Anna Politkovskaya, translated by Arch Tait 285pp, Harvill, £8.99 Darkness at Dawn by David Satter 256pp, Yale, £11 Every dollar increase in the price of oil translates into roughly an extra $1bn in revenue to the Russian economy.

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At a time when many Westerners are ambivalent about Russian President Vladimir Putin, famed war correspondent Politkovskaya (A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya ) argues that there is little to admire about the man or the country he has remade in his image.

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Deseret News

It is seldom discussed that since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, 13 journalists have been killed there.

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London Review of Books

‘Capitalism in the globalisation mode is antithetical to the mercantilist bureaucratic empires that specialised in maximising military might and geopolitical throw-weight – the very pursuits in which Russian and Soviet rulers were enmeshed for centuries.’ In the ensuing disintegration – an implos...

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The New York Review of Books

As he prepares to step down from the Russian presidency in early May, Vladimir Putin has been boasting about his accomplishments.

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Socialist Review

Widely billed as 'Russia's 9/11', the Beslan hostage tragedy in September, and the downing of two passenger aircraft by Chechen suicide bombers the same month, have seen the Kremlin do its best to ape Bush and Blair's 'war on terror'.

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Anna Politkovskaya, Putin's Russia (Harvill, 2004), ISBN 1843430509, £8.99 Anna Politkovskaya is an exceptionally brave journalist, famous most of all for her coverage of the ten-year-old war in Chechnya.

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