Putin's Russia Paperback – 14 Oct 2004
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"A hero among hacks" (Guardian)
"If you haven't done so yet, read Politkovskaya's books" (Independent)
"Anna Politkovskaya refused to lie, in her work; her murder is a ghastly act, and an attack on world literature" (Nadine Gordimer)
"We will continue to learn from her for years" (Salman Rushdie)
"Her eye for detail was unfailing" (Financial Times)
A devastating appraisal of the policies of Putin and the Kremlin, by Anna Politkovskaya, who was the leading radical journalist of Russia until her tragic murder in Moscow, 2006.See all Product Description
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A weakness of this approach is that it is difficult to recognize and appreciate these personality-types without personally knowing enough Russians to see what she is talking about. Unless you know Russians personally it will also be difficult to experience and take in, how many simply will refuse to read, know and take in her story either because it is something they have decided to act as if these things never happened - focusing on this is negative, or simply because they are very emotionally difficult to discuss. This attitude and feelings among ordinary Russians is in my view far more important than the authorities attitudes towards her writing.
I agree with the other reviews that claim her writing is very emotional. This is a problem because it makes me suspicious of her writing, even when what she tells is probably completely true. By being less emotional she would without doubt come through as more trustworthy, that is especially important because we to a large degree only have her side of the story to hold on to.Read more ›
Politkovskaya tells of the trouble and suffering of ordinary people who are humiliated and exploited by the criminal nomenklatura. For example Nina Levurda, who in trying to establish the truth about her son's death in the Chechen War, became a victim of this system that when not cruel, is completely indifferent to the individual. This and other cases are discussed in the chapter My Country's Army And Its Mothers.
In Russia, people imitate the man at the top, thus Putin is the one who shapes Russian society. It is mainly he who is to blame for the brutality and extremism prevalent in the army and the state apparatus. There are sections dealing with war criminals, brutality against privates in the military, government complicity in crime, the corruption in the judiciary, the struggle to survive in places like Kamchatka, and racism against people with a non-Slavic appearance.
Russia's stability is of a monstrous type, where power means everything, few people hold the law in any regard, bribes keep business and the state running, and a free press has almost disappeared. Putin's bureaucrats have taken corruption to new records, unheard of even under Yeltsin or the Communists.Read more ›
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This book is rather harrowing. It gives an in depth insight into what is really happening in Russia. After reading this book I felt very angry.Published 12 months ago by Ashleigh Bartrum
GRIM, of course, and more important than ever. Everyone inside and outside Russia - what should be a magnificent country - ought to read this, out of respect for the murdered... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Craig Campbell