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A former KGB spy Vladimir Putin is one of the worlds most enigmatic figures This is his RussiaInternationally admired for her fearless reporting award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya turns her steely gaze on President Putin and his early regime in this explosive bookFrom Putins tyrannical grip on ordinary citizens to rampant corruption in highest ranks of the government as well as Mafia dealings scandals in the provinces and the decline of the intelligentsia Politkovskaya offers a scathing condemnation of the President and his rule revealing a shocking state of affairs soldiers dying from malnutrition parents reuiring to bribes to recover their dead sons bodies and conscripts are being hired out as slaves More relevant and important than ever in todays political landscape Putins Russia is both a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of an extraordinary reporterA searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm from the bravest of journalists New York TimesAnna Politkovskaya is a heroic journalist GuardianWe will continue to learn from her for years Salman Rushdi. She was murdered not long after publishing this book She pulls no punches in exposing the insidious corruption that permeates Russia today and shows how it is just like it always was with the exception of a few strange years in the early days of glasnost

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Putin's RussiaEA former KGB spy Vladimir Putin is one of the worlds most enigmatic figures This is his RussiaInternationally admired for her fearless reporting award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya turns her steely gaze on President Putin and his early regime in this explosive bookFrom Putins tyrannical grip on ordinary citizens to rampant corruption in highest ranks of the government as well as Mafia dealings scandals in the provinces and the decline of the intelligentsia Politkovskaya offers a scathing condemnation of the President and his rule revealing a shocking state of affairs soldiers dying from malnutrition parents reuiring to bribes to recover their dead sons bodies and conscripts are being hired out as slavesMore relevant and important than ever in todays political landscape Putins Russia is both a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of an extraordinary reporterA searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm from the bravest of journalists New York TimesAnna Politkovskaya is a heroic journalist GuardianWe will continue to learn from her for years Salman Rushdi. What can I say about Politkovskaya that I haven't already said Maybe that this book written specifically for publication abroad is perhaps the most foreigner friendly of her works Unlike A Dirty War which is a compilation of her early articles on the second Chechen war or later books such as A Russian Diary which are presented or less as diary entries Putin's Russia is a collection of essays about different facets of the post Soviet experience There are several essays on Chechnya and the army of course and a particularly harrowingtearjerking one about the Nord Ost crisis but there are also essays on other social issues one of the best being Tanya Misha Lena and Rinat Where Are They Now In it Politkovskaya catches up with old friends whose fortunes have changed significantly under Yeltsin Tanya was once a miserable engineer from the provinces looked down on by her husband's Muscovite intelligentsia family but after the fall of the USSR she took up market trading and became first the support of the whole family and then a wealthy New Russian complete with bribery and a much younger lover; Misha was a rising translation star whose career derailed sending him to drink religion and violent threats against his wife Lena; and Rinat a decorated special forces officer who is contemplating becoming a contract killer in order to support his family In the essay Politkovskaya paints a picture of a society turned upside down giving opportunities to those who before had few true but also wrecking people's lives and forcing people to abandon all considerations of honor and morality in order to survive as families are torn apart and crime becomes the most common form of earning a living Politkovskaya was critical of Putin especially later but here she also demonstrates an understanding of why people might prefer his brand of authoritarianism to the criminal free for all that was the '90sThese essays are not only full of social interest but written as they as essays or extended pieces of investigative journalism aimed at a Western audience rather than short newspaper articles or diary entries they have of a narrative arc than much of Politkovskaya's other work and are especially easy to read and follow Her trademark brand of high moral outrage and blistering invective leveled at the corrupt callous or merely incompetent however is still in full force and Western readers who have not read Politkovskaya before are in for a treat of a very definite and mindblowing kindI would like to say that for all the serious issues that Politkovskaya covered there was some light at the end of the tunnel and the book ends on a happy note but alas that is not case Between when she first wrote the book and when it went to press the Beslan crisis happened and the book ends with a Postscript dedicated to that Ten years later the main resolution to the issue has been not justice for all the victims whom Politkovskaya wrote about but the murder of Politkovskaya herself and while the person who allegedly pulled the trigger is now behind bars the person who paid him to do so is still at large Which makes it all the important for Politkovskaya's words to be read

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CHARACTERS ✓ Putin's Russia ↠ [Read] ➲ Putin's Russia ➺ Anna Politkovskaya – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A former KGB spy Vladimir Putin is one of the worlds most enigmatic figures This is his RussiaInternationally admired for her fearless reporting award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya turns her s A former KGB spy Vladimir EA former KGB spy Vladimir Putin is one of the worlds most enigmatic figures This is his RussiaInternationally admired for her fearless reporting award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya turns her steely gaze on President Putin and his early regime in this explosive bookFrom Putins tyrannical grip on ordinary citizens to rampant corruption in highest ranks of the government as well as Mafia dealings scandals in the provinces and the decline of the intelligentsia Politkovskaya offers a scathing condemnation of the President and his rule revealing a shocking state of affairs soldiers dying from malnutrition parents reuiring to bribes to recover their dead sons bodies and conscripts are being hired out as slavesMore relevant and important than ever in todays political landscape Putins Russia is both a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of an extraordinary reporterA searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm from the bravest of journalists New York TimesAnna Politkovskaya is a heroic journalist GuardianWe will continue to learn from her for years Salman Rushdi. Informative and such an insight into today’s Russia