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This review is from: Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia (Hardcover)This book is very disappointing, and has been thoroughly taken apart by Richard de Lacy at "Spiked" online. Mistakes abound, and the whole premise is just not plausible. If Russia is so bad and so authoritaian, how come Luke Harding's wife still travels to Russia to conduct walking tours and promote her own book in Moscow?
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2011 10:07:50 GMT
Phoebe Taplin says:
What mistakes? What is not plausible? It is de Lacy's piece that is wildly inaccurate as you would know if you - or he - had actually read the book. His piece is based on a short extract in the Guardian. All these things happened to us in Russia; it is an incredible country with a deeply flawed government. I love Moscow and - yes - I have been back there twice since Luke was expelled. I don't understand in what way you find these things incompatible?
Posted on 12 Mar 2012 08:10:21 GMT
Richard Mahony says:
Evgenian, I see also that you gave only one star to the second account of Putin that you have reviewed here on Amazon.uk, The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Both Russia and the West.
You haven't reviewed on Amazon.uk any other accounts of contemporary Russia under Putin, nor have you bothered to tell us what, in your opinion, is worth reading about Putin's rule, let alone embed an Amazon link to it for easy access.
Given your lack of detail in either review, therefore, full of your opinions and expressions of distaste and disappointment, but short of substance or further explanation, the disinterested reader may be forgiven for concluding that you are just another apologist for Putin and his pals.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 11:38:06 GMT
I don't believe the Harding/Lucas books deserve more comment, I thought them poor and said so. I would recommend anything by Tom de Waal, a writer gifted with eloquence and insight (and whose output is remarkably balanced, compared to some writers). I quite liked The Stongman too.
The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
My view is that if you want to understand Putin's Russia (lambasted by the west) then you might find many answers in Yeltsin's rule (lauded by the west).
That's my opinion, as a disinterested reviewer.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 23:35:02 BDT
Ah, the great myth, perpetuated by you and others, that Putin is lambasted by the west (and by implication NOT by Russians). In fact the strongest critics of Putin are those very Russians who live under his rule.
One can certainly understand why so many Russians put up with Putin in the light of the Yeltsin years, as you say, but to be honest that is a pretty bankrupt and desperate defence.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 15:50:30 BDT
I'm not defending Putin, but I am pointing out that this book is not a credible attack and that, as you say, it is more complicated. Complicated given the history and complicated given the difficulties of being the opposition. This book, however, does not give a proper representation of these or any other problems.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 10:25:38 BDT
Not defending Putin?
Then why do you effectively accuse Luke Harding's wife of hypocrisy for returning "if everything is so bad there"?
The book is an exceptionally credible indictment of Putin and his regime, packed as it is with eye-witness accounts and first hand experiences.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2012 11:04:25 BDT
The Emperor says:
"That's my opinion, as a disinterested reviewer. "
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