About the AuthorValery Panyushkin was born in 1969 in Leningrad. He has worked as a special correspondent for the newspapers Kommersant and Vedomosti. He wrote a regular column in Gazeta.ru, and earned the title "Russia's Golden Pen" for his journalism. He is the author of the books Mikhail Khodorkovsky: a Prisoner of Silence, Gazprom: The New Russian Weapon, and Something Unnoticeable. He lives in Moscow and currently works as a correspondent for Snob magazine.
About the TranslatorMarian Schwartz translated the New York Times bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky, as well as classics by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Goncharov, and Mikhail Lermontov. She is the recipient of two NEA translation fellowships and is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association.