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'A book that should contain a very serious health warning on the cover.' Andrew Marr, Sunday AM 'Tightly argued.' Sunday Times Best Current Affairs Book 'Frightening.' Sunday Telegraph 'Disturbing reading.' Mail on Sunday 'One of the severest attacks on the present Russian leadership in print.' Tribune 'Rich in political intrigue.' Good Book Guide 'Pull-no-punches expose.' Independent 'Iconic.' Sunday Business Post (Ireland) 'Was Litvinenko murdered because of this book?' Irish Independent 'For clues as to who wanted Alexander Litvinenko dead, you need look no farther than - Blowing up Russia.' Oleg Gordievsky The Times 'Blowing up Russia demands our attention.' Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph 'A vivid condemnation of the Putin regime as has yet been written.' Sunday Times 'A spy shocker.' Western Morning News 'Crucially important.' Robert Service, Professor of Russian History Oxford University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Yuri Felshinsky studied history at the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute. In 1978 he immigrated to the US and studied history at Brandeis University and Rutgers, where he received his Ph.D. He was the first citizen of a foreign state to be awarded a doctoral degree in Russia.

His previous books include: "Towards a History of Isolation " (London 1988; Moscow 1991);"The Failure of World Revolution" (London 1991; Moscow 1992); "Big Bosses" (Moscow 1999).

Alexander Litvinenko served in the Russian military for more than 20 years achieving the ranks of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1988 he served in the counterintelligence agencies of the Soviet KGB and from 1991 in the Central Staff of the MB-FSK-FSB, specializing in counter-terrorist activities and organized crime.

He worked in the most secret areas of the KGB, the Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations, as a senior operational officer and deputy head of the Seventh Section.

In 1988, at a Moscow press conference, he publicly criticized the leadership of the FSB and disclosed a number if illegal orders which he had received. In 1999 he was arrested on trumped-up charges and imprisoned. After winning his case, he was arrested again and charged with added crimes against the state.

He escaped from Russia, and was granted political asylum in May 2001 by Great Britian where he lived until he was poisoned in November 2006.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; First Edition edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594032017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594032011
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on February 22, 2009
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This work covers an important subject -- namely the seizure of power in the Russia by the old KGB that is leading Russia back into an oligarchical tyranny. Democracy has been failing and it is only a matter of time (say in the next 10 years) that Russia will once again be a state likely to threaten world security. That is the main theme of this book, and the "how" is that the KGB puts up strawmen such as the Chechen terrorism to create a demand for a strong, central and non-democratic government to provide security (through power) to the Russian people.

The downside to the book is that it is essentially impossible to follow and the facts cannot be verified. The narrative skips around, going back and forth with dates, and the great number of players blithly thrown in almost indiscriminately makes for incomprehensible reading. The author is also guilty of a great amount of repetition. But the most troubling aspect to this work is that it contains absolutely no sources or references. The author promises to make them available to such agencies as will impartially investigate the subject matter of this book, but with no such agency likely to come forward in the next decade, proof of the authors' contentions will probably not be forthcoming for some time, if ever.

Had the book been organized better and written by a professional writer, I would have upgraded it to a four or five rating. The lack of sources and verification is troubling, but the book can serve its purpose of drawing the world's attentions to the problems of its KGB/FBS government even without such verifiable sources. I have no idea how anyone can tout the book as "eloquently written.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Catholic Reader on March 15, 2007
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This book is not about the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. But it is the book that got him murdered. If you imagine Russia as a nation on the mend from its communist sickness, think again. The former KGB and FSB operative (Litvienko) and his academic friend (Felshtinsky) published their book in Russia and it enraged Don Vito Putin. Putin, you'll recall, was the man about whom George W. Bush said: "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy . . . I was able to get a sense of his soul." As Litvenko lay dying he wrote the following to Putin:

"You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed.

"You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value."

So much for President Bush's soul sense.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hector I. on May 4, 2014
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I really like this book. Alexander Litvineko explains in detail how the KGB transformed into the FSB and what was his job description as spy for the agency. I'm no expert in Russia's history in their intelligence or military agencies. When you read the book you might have to go back and forth in some incidents that occur in Russia and do a little background research regarding the events. The reseason I liked the book is because it brings a clear impression on how the Russian agencies works and how they manage to creat political conflicts in order to promote their agendas.

While reading the book, you see that has a poorly narrative style, this is fine with me. The author wrote the book while he defected to a foreign country, Litvinenko wrote the book in a hurry, since he was desperatly looking for political asylum in foreign countries. Another aspect that I really enjoyed reading the book is that it keeps you hooked to the facts, it gives you a better perspective in how to understand how the Russian government works and how Putin Rose to power.

I personally recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing real facts on russian intelligence agencies and how they worked in order to create political conflicts to promote their own agendas. I really admire Litvinenko efforts to show the truth about this, when you are assasinated by polonium in your blood, it simply means that someone wants you dead before you talk or say anything important.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on September 11, 2011
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The government in Russia is robbing and killing its own people. Nobody is safe there.

Why do Western people continue to invest in Russia? I guess because the truth has not yet overcome the propaganda from the Kremlin.

True, Alexander Litvinenko was jaded himself because he was with the KGB and Boris Berezovsky.

However, I believe that his condemnation of Vladimir Putin in this book is 100% accurate and I believe that Litvinenko was killed by the Russian government for writing this book.

John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
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I was unable to read this book. Not sure if malware was attached or not. Think I got to about Chapter 4 or 6 and my Kindle kept locking up and restarting. This is the only book that has acted odd on my Kindle.

I can' really review the whole book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gudmundur R on December 5, 2014
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If you want to understand what is going on in Russia in 2014/15, you have to read this book. If you are doing any kind of business with Russia or planning to visit... read. The book was written with the blood of one of the writers. Alexander Litvinenko gave his life, so that the wold can know what is really going on in Russia.

The title of the book could also have been "Russia: The Evil Empire"

My conclusion: One of the most important books written on Russian politics in a long time.
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