Anna Politkovskaya

Putin’s Russia
Translated by Arch Tait

The Harvill Press
London, 2004

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ISBN 1-84343-050-9
291 pages

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Click here for The Guardian's review by Angus Macqueen.

A devastating appraisal of the policies of Russia's Head of State by that country's leading radical journalist.

Internationally admired for her fearless reporting, especially on the Chechen wars, award-winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya 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.

She tells the story of his 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 Politkovskaya's pitiless but invariably humane scrutiny.

“PUTIN'S RUSSIA” was chosen by PEN International to launch its Writers in Translation programme.

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Anna Politkovskaya

“To fall silent now would be to play into the hands of Anna’s killers, to bury her a second time, and to allow her life to be dismissed. That cannot be allowed to happen. One can’t allow oneself to be afraid.”
Tatyana Lokshina, Director of the Demos human rights centre, Moscow

Timur Aliev, a Chechen journalist writing from Grozny, recalls the part Anna Politkovskaya played in his life – and that of many others. An Extraordinary Life. Caucasus Reporting Service, the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, 11 October 2006.

Anna Politkovskaya played a unique role in Russia as the defender of ordinary people’s rights - especially those of Chechens.
Thomas de Waal, Remembering a Lone Defender of Justice. Caucasus Reporting Service, 11 October 2006.


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