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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 t. 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 eual to the cruelity of Russian officers to their own soldiersShe also exposes the corruption on how the Russian mafia has taken control over vast swaths of the country as in the Urals for instance It has taken over industries and controls the police and judiciary often by violent methodsPutin is attempting as per Ms Politkovskaya to be a mini Stalin He abstains from debate and appoints yes men Russia is regressing to the old Soviet waysThe Chechen war in now becoming a scapegoat for all other problems and a moral drain on the country but few overtly protestIt must always be remembered that Anna Politkovskaya paid with her life for telling the truth

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A former KGB spy Vladimir Putin is one of the world’s 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 Putin’s tyrannical grip on ordinary citizens to rampant corruption in highest ranks of the government. Yet another example of how Anna Politkovskaya was a courageous representative of truth on this damaged and confused planet She sheds light on the misery and harm induced by the flagrant abuse and elected ignorance of the powers that be in Putin s Russia Throughout this book as well as her others she exhibits an open minded willingness to grasp for the truth Her way could never have been comfortable In her search she was not one to close her eyes ears and heart to that which made her vulnerable As an open and generous soul she could relate to other being s suffering and truly listen to what the people involved told her This kind of empathy was central to her guiding principles She sought to end suffering on both personal and universal levels by becoming aware of the root causes of political problems When she picked up the sword of truth she had the wisdom and understanding of how to use it to defend those who suffered There is a sparkling glow that surrounds her words They are written with a genuine warmth and open mindedness They effectively work against the dictatorial and brutal regime that sought to crush spirits and take up weapons to destroy She invites us all to defend the disadvantaged and stand and fight with facts It saddens me that she is gone She is a legendary person who teaches us all to strive for justice

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Oday’s political landscape Putin's Russia is both a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of an extraordinary reporter‘A searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm from the bravest of journalists’ New York Times‘Anna Politkovskaya is a heroic journalist’ Guardian ‘We will continue to learn from her for years’ Salman Rushd. 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 freuently 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 denying that Politkovskaya had good cause to be indignant and her writing succeeds in making the reader share that indignation or rather pessimism It s hard to remain optimistic about Russia s future after reading this book The present doesn t seem to offer much scope for hopeIn Putin s Russia Politkovskaya describes in seven chapters what has happened since Vladimir Putin assumed power in the Kremlin She starts out by charting abuses in the army specifically in parts of the army stationed in Chechnya This turns into a lengthy and fairly shocking expose of corruption in Russia s legal system where high ranking army officers are exonerated from terrible crimes and where the rich and well connected get away with absolutely outrageous business practices She then describes poverty in the navy apparently the commanders working on the world s most expensive submarines are nearly starving to death the terrible position of Chechen citizens in Russia and the aftermath of the Nord Ost and Beslan disasters It all adds up to a rather dreary conclusion Putin s Russia is an utterly callous and corrupt place which in many regards seems to be regressing into Soviet style politics and situations In fact some things now seem to be worse than they were during the worst years of the Soviet era I already knew that from the news but reading Politkovskaya s stories really drove the fact home for meAs I said I don t care much for Politkovskaya s writing style but there s no doubt that she has come up with a convincing well researched document here She uotes many interesting people from all walks of life has unearthed many legal documents to illustrate her stories and comes up with some wry observations about why certain changes for the better took place at a certain time usually coinciding with the visit of some foreign dignitary Putin wished to impress and about the Russian national character in general It s a bit heavy going at times and some of the army stuff drags but even so it s a powerful indictment of Putin s Russia always shocking and occasionally uite mind boggling


About the Author: Anna Politkovskaya

Russian journalist and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian president PutinPolitkovskaya 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 sur



10 thoughts on “Putin's Russia

  1. says:

    An open letter to everyone who thinks journalists are enemies of the peopleYou often hear these days that journalists are generically enemies of the people Anna Politkovskaya was a journalist so I guess that made h

  2. says:

    Dated Very dated The discussion about army though not only Russian army should have been mentioned but the whole post Soviet block and its extreme hardships very well done and true but dated by about a decade Which is only expected since the

  3. says:

    Yet another example of how Anna Politkovskaya was a courageous representative of truth on this damaged and confused planet She sheds light on the misery and harm induced by the flagrant abuse and elected ignorance of the powers that be in Putin’s Russia Throughout this book as well as her others she exhibits an open minded willing

  4. says:

    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 Suare All those shiny new tanks all those

  5. says:

    I've signally failed here I read maybe 30 pages of this to find that it is so horrifying I can't stand to continue And then again I've failed with Winter is Coming by Garry Kasparov because his style makes me di

  6. says:

    Ms Politkovskaya exposes several layers of corruption and malfeasance in Putin’s Russia She takes us through the disastrous war in

  7. says:

    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 cu

  8. says:

    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 freuently goes so far as to tell her reader to share her indignation occa

  9. says:

    07 Oct 2006 and the author Anna Politkovskaya is murdered in the elevator of the block of flats where she lived This book is from 2004 At that time the West appeared to have a different view of Putin than we do now Politkovskaya want

  10. says:

    Vignettes many beautifully written about the grim realty Putin's Russia Politkovskaya herself was murdered 2006 shot in her elevator by a professional hitmanhttpsenmwikipediaorgwikiAnna

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