A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya

Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile nook of the northern Caucasus, has struggled less than Russian domination for hundreds of years. The area declared its independence in 1991, resulting in a brutal struggle, Russian withdrawal, and next "governance" by way of bandits and warlords. a chain of condo development assaults in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated by way of a insurgent faction, reignited the struggle, which maintains to rage at the present time. Russia has long past to nice lengths to maintain newshounds from reporting at the clash; for this reason, few humans outdoor the quarter comprehend its scale and the atrocities—described via eyewitnesses as resembling these came upon in Bosnia—committed there.

Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta, used to be the one journalist to have consistent entry to the area. Her foreign stature and recognition for honesty one of the Chechens allowed her to proceed to report back to the area the brutal strategies of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. A Small nook of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya is her moment e-book in this bloody and lengthy warfare. greater than a set of articles and columns, A Small nook of Hell offers an extraordinary insider's view of existence in Chechnya during the last years. founded on tales of these caught-literally-in the crossfire of the clash, her ebook recounts the horrors of dwelling in the middle of the battle, examines how the struggle has affected Russian society, and takes a troublesome examine how humans on either side are taking advantage of it, from the guards who settle for bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United countries. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her braveness in talking fact to strength mix the following to provide a strong account of what's said as some of the most harmful and least understood conflicts at the planet.

Anna Politkovskaya was once assassinated in Moscow on October 7, 2006.

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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

By Orlando Figes

It really is heritage on an epic but human scale. sizeable in scope, exhaustive in unique examine, written with ardour, narrative ability, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a brand new iteration. Many contemplate the Russian Revolution to be the main major occasion of the 20th century. unusual student Orlando Figes offers a landscape of Russian society at the eve of that revolution, after which narrates the tale of the way those social forces have been violently erased. in the wide stokes of warfare and revolution are miniature histories of people, during which Figes follows the most gamers' fortunes as they observed their hopes die and their international crash into ruins. not like earlier money owed that hint the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and beliefs, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 used to be deeply rooted in Russian tradition and social heritage and that what had begun as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship. A People's Tragedy is a masterful and unique synthesis by means of a mature student, awarded in a compelling and accessibly human narrative.

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Dead Souls (Dover Thrift Editions)

A stranger arrives in a Russian backwater neighborhood with a strange proposition for the neighborhood landowners: funds for his or her "dead souls," the serfs who've died of their carrier and for whom they have to proceed to pay taxes until eventually the following census. The landowner gets a fee and a aid of his tax burden, and the stranger gets — what? Gogol's comedian masterpiece bargains an enormous and satirical portray of the Russian landscape because it strains the trail and encounters of its mysterious protagonist in pursuit of his doubtful scheme. Dead Souls, considered as either a practical portrait of 19th-century Russia and a piece of significant symbolism, keeps to encourage twenty first century authors and readers.

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Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

By Fiona Hill, Clifford G. Gaddy

From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the guy at struggle with the West. the place do Vladimir Putin’s rules come from? How does he examine the surface international? What does he wish, and the way some distance is he keen to move? the good lesson of the outbreak of worldwide struggle I in 1914 was once the risk of misreading the statements, activities, and intentions of the adversary. this present day, Vladimir Putin has develop into the best problem to eu protection and the worldwide global order in a long time. Russia’s 8,000 nuclear guns underscore the large hazards of now not realizing who Putin is. that includes 5 new chapters, this new version dispels in all likelihood harmful misconceptions approximately Putin and provides a clear-eyed examine his pursuits. It provides Putin as a mirrored image of deeply ingrained Russian methods of considering in addition to his specified own history and experience.

Praise for the 1st edition

If you must start to comprehend Russia this day, learn this book.
—Sir John Scarlett, former leader of the British mystery Intelligence carrier (MI6)

For an individual wishing to appreciate Russia’s evolution because the breakup of the Soviet Union and its trajectory seeing that then, the publication you carry in your hand is a necessary guide.—John McLaughlin, former deputy director of U.S. relevant Intelligence

Of the various biographies of Vladimir Putin that experience seemed lately, this one is the main useful.
—Foreign Affairs

This isn't just one other Putin biography. it's a mental portrait.
—The monetary Times

Q: Do you have got time to learn books? if this is the case, which of them might you suggest?
"My goodness, let’s see. There’s Mr. Putin, by means of Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy. Insightful."
—Vice President Joseph Biden in Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview.

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The Fourth Political Theory

By Alexander Dugin

All of the political structures of the trendy age were the goods of 3 specified ideologies: the 1st, and oldest, is liberal democracy; the second one is Marxism; and the 3rd is fascism. The latter have lengthy on the grounds that failed and handed out of the pages of historical past, and the 1st not operates as an ideology, yet really as anything taken without any consideration. the area this present day reveals itself near to a post-political fact - one within which the values of liberalism are so deeply embedded that the typical individual isn't conscious that there's an ideology at paintings round him. therefore, liberalism is threatening to monopolise political discourse and drown the realm in a common sameness, destroying every thing that makes many of the cultures and peoples distinct. in keeping with Alexander Dugin, what's had to holiday via this morass is a fourth ideology - one who will sift in the course of the particles of the 1st 3 to seem for parts that may be valuable, yet that continues to be cutting edge and specified in itself. Dugin doesn't provide a point-by-point application for this new concept, yet relatively outlines the parameters in which it can improve and the problems which it needs to deal with. Dugin foresees that the Fourth Political conception will use the instruments and ideas of modernity opposed to itself, to lead to a go back of cultural range opposed to commercialisation, in addition to the conventional worldview of the entire peoples of the area - albeit inside a wholly new context. Written by way of a pupil who's actively influencing the course of Russian geopolitical method this present day, The Fourth Political conception is an advent to an idea that can good form the process the world's political destiny. Alexander Dugin (b. 1962) is likely one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. as well as the numerous books he has authored on political, philosophical and non secular subject matters, he at the moment serves at the employees of Moscow kingdom collage, and is the highbrow chief of the Eurasia flow. For greater than a decade, he has additionally been an consultant to Vladimir Putin and others within the Kremlin on geopolitical issues, being a vocal suggest of a go back of Russian energy to the worldwide degree, to behave as a counterweight to American domination.

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The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia

By David E. Hoffman

In this saga of amazing triumphs and sumptuous disasters, David E. Hoffman, the previous Moscow bureau leader for the Washington submit, sheds gentle at the hidden lives of Russia’s so much feared energy agents: the oligarchs. concentrating on six of those ruthless males— Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky—Hoffman indicates how a rapacious, unruly capitalism used to be born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.

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Blowing up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Power

By Alexander Litvinenko, Yuri Felshtinsky

Strikingly written and in keeping with Litvinenko’s twenty years of insider’s wisdom of Russian undercover agent campaigns, Blowing up Russia describes how the successor of the KGB fabricated terrorist assaults and introduced battle to have the unknown Putin - Litvinenko’s former greater on the Russian mystery provider - elected with a landslide victory.

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Putin's Oil: The Yukos Affair and the Struggle for Russia

By Martin Sixsmith

This identify investigates Vladimir Putin's struggle for keep watch over of Russia's giant oil reserves, particularly Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil enterprise, Yukos. Putin's Oil investigates the advanced global of Kremlin politics, together with conspiracies and conspiracy theories, allegations that Roman Abramovitch plotted with Putin to damage Khodorkovsky, suspicions of betrayal and double brokers within the Kremlin and in Yukos, homicide fees opposed to Khodorkovsky's companions, and the KGB defector who claims they have been conducted by way of Kremlin brokers. After the mysterious dying in a helicopter crash of the Englishman who had taken over Yukos, the company's warfare opposed to the Kremlin is now being waged by way of a troika of gentle mannered Britons, pursued through Interpol arrest warrants and Moscow's fury. Khodorkovsky is still in a penal camp in a long way japanese Siberia. Martin Sixsmith, former BBC Moscow Correspondent, has won unparalleled entry to a few of the avid gamers within the drama. The ensuing booklet is either a mystery and an research of the defining moments of Putin's presidency and their ongoing impression in Russian and global politics.

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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

By Peter Pomerantsev

A trip into the glittering, surreal center of twenty first century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels confident they're messiahs, expert killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre administrators grew to become Kremlin puppet-masters, stick insect sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.

This is an international erupting with new cash and new energy, altering so speedy it breaks all feel of truth, the place existence is visible as a whirling, glamorous masquerade the place identities could be switched and all values are changeable. it's domestic to a brand new type of authoritarianism, a long way subtler than twentieth century traces, and that's quickly increasing to problem the worldwide order.

An striking publication - one that is as strong and pleasing because it is troubling - Nothing is correct and every thing is Possible bargains a wild experience into this political and moral vacuum.

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