The Strongman by Angus Roxburgh
Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

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Roxburgh is a former Moscow correspondent for the Sunday Times and the BBC, but he is especially well placed to tell the story of how the west's early enthusiasm for Putin turned sour...
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Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly partner for the West, a far cry from the democratic ally many hoped for when the Soviet Union collapsed. Abroad, he has used Russia’s energy might as a foreign policy weapon, while at home he has cracked down on opponents, adamant that only he has the right vision for his country’s future.

Former BBC Moscow correspondent Angus Roxburgh charts the dramatic fight for Russia’s future under Vladimir Putin - how the former KGB man changed from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West’s respect but earned its fear, how he cracked down on his rivals at home and burnished a flamboyant personality cult, one day saving snow leopards or horse-back riding bare-chested, the next tongue-lashing Western audiences. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews in Russia, where he worked for a time as a Kremlin insider advising Putin on press relations, as well as in the US and Europe, Roxburgh also argues that the West threw away chances to bring Russia in from the cold, by failing to understand its fears and aspirations following the collapse of communism.
 

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Angus Roxburgh is one of Britain’s most distinguished foreign correspondents. An author and renowned journalist, he was the Sunday Times Moscow correspondent in the 1980s until he was expelled from the Soviet Union in a tit-for-tat espionage row. He returned in the 1990s and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the Yeltsin years. Subsequently, he worked as an advisor and speechwriter for Putin’s communications team, a role which gave him unrivalled access to the Kremlin’s inner circle. He is the author of The Second Russian Revolution and Pravda: Inside the Soviet News Machine. Roxburgh currently resides in London.
 
Published December 15, 2011 by I.B.Tauris. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Luke Harding on Jan 13 2012

Roxburgh is a former Moscow correspondent for the Sunday Times and the BBC, but he is especially well placed to tell the story of how the west's early enthusiasm for Putin turned sour...

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