Putin's Russia

Putin s Russia Internationally admired for her reporting especially on the Chechen wars award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya has turned her steely gaze on the man who until very recently was a darling of
  • Title: Putin's Russia
  • Author: Anna Politkovskaya Arch Tait
  • ISBN: 9781843430506
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Putin's Russia
    Internationally admired for her reporting, especially on the Chechen wars, award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya has turned her steely gaze on the man who, until very recently, was a darling of the Western media.A former KGB spy, Vladimir Putin was named President of Russia in 2000 From the moment he entered the public arena he marketed himself as an open, enlightenInternationally admired for her reporting, especially on the Chechen wars, award winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya has turned her steely gaze on the man who, until very recently, was a darling of the Western media.A former KGB spy, Vladimir Putin was named President of Russia in 2000 From the moment he entered the public arena he marketed himself as an open, enlightened leader eager to engage with the West Unlike many European and American journalists and politicians, Politkovskaya never trusted Putin s press image From her privileged vantage point at the heart of Russian current affairs, she set about to dismantle both Putin the man and Putin the brand name, arguing that he is a power hungry product of his own history and so unable to prevent himself from stifling civil liberties at every turn This is not, Polikovskaya argues, the kind of leader most contemporary Russians want.To prove her theory, she tells the story of Putin s iron grip on Russian life from the point of view of individual citizens whose situations have been shaped by his unique brand of tyranny Mafia dealings, scandals in the provinces, military and judiciary corruption, the decline of the intelligentsia, the tragic mishandling of the Moscow theatre siege all are subject to Polikovskaya s pitiless but invariably humane scrutiny This intimate portrait of nascent civil institutions being subverted under the unquestioning eyes of the West could not be timely.
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  • Anna Politkovskaya Arch Tait

    Russian journalist and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian president Putin.Politkovskaya made her name reporting from lawless Chechnya, where many journalists and humanitarian workers have been kidnapped or killed She was arrested and subjected to mock execution by Russian military forces there, and she was poisoned on the way to Beslan, but survived and continued her reporting She authored several books about Chechen wars as well as Putin s Russia and received numerous prestigious international awards for her work.She was shot dead in the elevator of her apartment building on.

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  • Anna Politkovskaya was murdered via contract killer on Putin s birthday 2006Translated from the Russian by Arch TaitOpening The Army in Russia is a closed system no different from a prison Nobody gets into the Army or into prison unless the authorities want them there Once you are in, you live the life of a slave This is definitely THE book to browse before the 9th May extravaganza in Red Square All those shiny new tanks all those poor bullied soldiers.Re criminals p 30 people who are not fighte [...]


  • La Politkovskaja racconta storie di persone che vivono in certi casi vivere una parola grossa nella Russia di Putin, nello specifico dei primi anni duemila, in piena lotta internazionale al terrorismo, con una guerra criminale in Cecenia, in un paese dove all incancrenito regime comunista si sostituito un capitalismo sfrenato gestito da cupole mafiose , con l appoggio di forze dell ordine e funzionari corrotti e di un sistema giudiziario da telefono , nel senso che il verdetto dipende da quale p [...]


  • Se davvero uno dei princ pi cardine del buon giornalista mantenere la giusta distanza , Anna Politkovskaja non era brava Aveva troppo cuore e troppo fegato per tenersi a distanza di sicurezza da quello che vedeva intorno a s Troppo forte l urgenza di denunciare lo sfascio delle istituzioni nella Russia di Putin, la magistratura corrotta, i militari al collasso, la sciatteria spietata dei burocrati, il servilismo dei media, l uso strumentale della guerra cecena per consolidare lo status quo Che l [...]


  • Ms Politkovskaya exposes several layers of corruption and malfeasance in Putin s Russia She takes us through the disastrous war in Chechnya where Russian soldiers are underpaid or not paid at all This would seem to be endemic to the Russian army where during the Afghanistan war the same corruption happened actual weapons were sold to the Mujahideen in order to make money The brutality of the Russian towards the Chechen population is almost equal to the cruelity of Russian officers to their own s [...]


  • I have to admit I don t care overly much for Anna Politkovskaya s writing style An objective reporter she is not or rather was not she was murdered a few years after publishing this book her indignation at the social ills she exposes comes across loud and clear, and she frequently goes so far as to tell her reader to share her indignation, occasionally to the point of being rather insistent Personally, I would have appreciated a slightly objective, less cynical approach That said, there is no d [...]


  • colpa ancora una volta della nostra eterna, colpevole indifferenza per i destini altruiIo non so se i particolari contano pi del quadro in s Le parti valgono pi dell intero, come pensa Anna Politkovskaja di certo c che i particolari e le parti che lei racconta sono dannatamente illuminanti sul quadro intero Ne viene fuori una Russia che ha perfezionato lo stile delle storiche dittature sudamericane o africane, andando ben oltre, ben pi su nella scala della corruzione, del sopruso, dell ingiustiz [...]


  • Vignettes, many beautifully written, about the grim realty Putin s Russia Politkovskaya herself was murdered, 2006, shot in her elevator by a professional hitmanen.mpedia wiki Anna_


  • Politkovskaya s bleak outlook can be a bit hard to take in large doses I picked up this book to re read in light of the current situation in Ukraine Putin s Russia is one that is unseen and virtually unfathomable to western readers especially those that haven t spent a lot of time on the ground outside of Moscow or St Petersburg.One of the quotes that I picked up on during this reading concerns the stability of the Russian state.Yes, stability has come to Russia It is a monstrous stability under [...]


  • Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist and the author of Putin s Russia, was gunned down in her apartment elevator in Moscow in 2006, most likely for something she wrote, possibly in this book Her depiction of Russia is stunning, insightful and passionate This book is a must for anyone who is interested in global politics, human rights, justice, and good journalism.



  • What I loved about Anna Politiskya s commentary is that she gave details, names and effects of terrible acts not abstracted in any way For this reason her book was disturbing in the extreme but I felt it was necessary to my studies into contemporary Russia She was an amazingly brave person who despite great personal danger persisted in exposing the truth I hope her courage is not overlooked or her mission forgotten.


  • Although I spent two years of college as a declared history major with a concentration on Russian history, I am certainly no expert, particularly as regards events since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact A friend from the former Yugoslavia recommended that I read the assassinated Politkovskaya as a window onto what has happened in Russia since the disastrous Yeltsin years This was the first of two of her books that I read one after another.


  • Incredibly disturbing And considering the book is a bit dated by now, cannot be overlooked as an important contribution to current Russian politics Politkovskaya s writing style is sometimes almost too condescending to be read smoothly, but considering who she was, it is perhaps her way staying enough removed from the story to be able to tell the story at all.


  • Two incidents make the reading of this book paramount The gunning down of Anna Politkovskaya in 2006 and Time magazine s Person of the Year 2007 Vladimir Putin Somehow there must be a link, but somehow the events seem too extreme to link them up The Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, who died of polonium 210 radiation poisoning in the UK 2006 , accused Putin of his and Politkovskaya s fate Putin s Russia gives an honest look at what used to be the USSR, except that it doesn t seem as if the Iron [...]


  • There is not much wrong with our laws in Russia, writes Ms Politkovskaya It is just that not many people want to obey them This unsparing indictment of the new Russia targets businessmen, mafiosos, judges, police and politicians alike A depressing and eye opening read.


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  • There is a special place in the pantheon of journalists for people like Anna Politkovskaya Courageous though the accomplishments of people like Zenger, Zola, Pulitzer and Mencken may be, they didn t face murder Putin s Russia reveals Politkovskaya, who was in fact murdered the trial of those accused of that murder is a story unto itself , as probing and eloquent, but fundamentally interested almost in an anthropological way, in how Russians and their institutions emerged from that truly earthsha [...]


  • Anna Politkovskaya risked her life and livelihood in search of the truth s about Putin s Russia, so this was my primary reason to read this book It contains uncomfortable facts about the injustices in Russian society and an appalling account of how little human lives are worth in comparison to political and economic interests Take note that no western journalist would have been murdered for exposing any of these things in their home countries, where criticial journalism is part of our daily live [...]



  • This book shone a great light on one of the world s forgotten wars Chechnya Politkovskaya took us through a journey into the lives of those lost in this war, the people of the ground, the soldiers and their respective families whom had been neglected by the state and what circumstances led to the interventions there Much focus was paid to the corrupt and complex Russian system of local governments and how power struggles and backhand dealings with both business, militia groups and organised cri [...]


  • Heartbreaking Politkovskaya isn t necessarily an objective journalist although I would argue that few, if any, journalists are actually objective , but she is writing about something that for her, and for millions of Russians, is intensely personal I do agree that the style was a little hard to read a times, but I don t know if that was due to Politkovskaya s writing or to the interpretation of the translator I got bogged down in a few spots, but I definitely feel that this book is worth reading [...]


  • Politkovskaya s or her translator s style is not the easiest to read sometimes You re going to want to make a list of the characters in some of the Scandals She s really at her best when she talks about the human toll of Putin s policies as opposed to talking about lengthy bureaucratic snafus and corruption I d love to read her books about Chechnya, I think they would be significantly less dry However, this is her last book written before she was murdered and is worth a read just because of that [...]




  • Et voldsomt og voldsomt interessant snit ind i nutidens Rusland Det er ikke noget k nt billede, hun tegner Hverken af Putin, det russiske milit r, domstolene eller erhvervslivet




  • 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 [...]


  • How is one supposed to feel about reading a very good book who s author had died because of writing it or expressing those views given in the book Saddened and probably angered comes to mind This is Putin s Russia where you can be jailed and or killed if you do not agree with the all knowing and important Vladimir Putin Anna, the author, was killed in 2006 in her apartment building by unknown assailants That s the name she herself has given to Putin thugs who kill on behalf of Mafia which Putin [...]


  • This was a tough book to assess as I didn t understand the book s organization thought it jumped from subject to subject without good transitions The subtitle is Life in a Failing Democracy to which I wonder if Russia even wants to be a democracy maybe during the Yeltsin years but not since in my opinion I believe Russian leadership does not want true democracy as it would reduce their power and most importantly their personal income streams The author certainly has a tremendous dislike for Puti [...]


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