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  • Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 1561719382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561719389
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,096,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Joanneva12a on July 26, 2004
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BOOM! - In late 2003 nearly 4,500 copies of this book were seized and confiscated by the Russian Secret Service (FSB) as they tried to make their way from Latvia printing presses into Moscow. And no wonder. This book focuses on how elements of the old Soviet regime sought to steer Russia away from the liberal reforms since the fall of the old USSR. The multiple apartment bombings which ripped across the country in 1999, killing hundreds, were more than suspicious. The 'terrorists' were condemned and the tragedies quickly used as an excuse to drag Russia into a second wretched war with Chechnya which continues to this day. The book's spotlight on the attempted bombing in Ryazan leaves little doubt as to who the enemy really was.

The book's translation from Russian into English is superb, but the sheer volume of facts and information combined with the never-ending plethora of Russian names makes for a challenging read if you are up to it. The book however is an excellent primer into the "nomenklatura" mindset of corruption, coercion, and intimidation, and should be studied and kept as a grim reminder of what is possible when criminal elements in the state pursue their own political agendas - and how far they will go when the ends justifies the means in the political game of hardball.

Although the book is a study in extremism, there are still some associations to be made on a lesser level. Propaganda, intimidation, and internal investigations which never seem to come to fruition are just a few that come to mind. Despite the collapse of the USSR, Vladamir Putin, has placed many of his former KGB colleagues in positions of authority alongside him.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2002
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Alexander Litvinenko is a 20-year veteran of the Russian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and serving in the KGB Department for the Analysis of Criminal Organizations, only to be arrested for disclosing a number of illegal orders he'd received and imprisoned. He escaped from Russia and received political asylum in Britain in May 2001. Yuri Felshtinsky studied history at the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute and immigrated to America in 1978 where he obtained a doctorate in history from Rutgers. Felshtinsky is a recognized expert on Soviet Affairs and the other of several books on Russian history and politics. In Blowing Up Russia: Terror From Within, Litvinenko and Felshtinsky collaborate to reveal a scathing accusation of the Russian special services, holding them responsible for acts of terror, kidnappings, contract killings, and efforts to steer Russia back to being a dictatorship. Blowing Up Russia also strenuously denounces the war in Chechnya for its deleterious toll on human life and freedom. A sobering, persuasively charged account, Blowing Up Russia is an essential text for Soviet Studies academic reference collections, and should be mandatory reading for anyone having political, cultural, or economic dealings with present-day Russia.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Barricklow VINE VOICE on October 17, 2009
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The point both Yuri & Alexander make in there fine investigative journalism, is that Putin had deliberately destroyed the intial shoots of self-government in Russia & he now exercises a transparent form of arbitrary rule known as "bespredel", without limits. This book tells of how Russia's promise of self-government was lost. It is a cautionary tale for all governments and their people; for not only do all goverments lie, they all have secret services, and it was the secret services of Russia, by a masterstroke of brilliance/matched only by brute force, that Putin was crowned President by ends/through ANY means necessary.
I read this primarily to discover Russia's sercret service's modus operandi in its operations to this end and to discern any simularties that the U.S. secret services are using. Where they were alike and where they were different. As everything is secret...your sometimes left with the tip of an iceberg or an event horizon.
In "Blowing Up Russia" Yuri's event horizon was the terrorist apartment bombings, their "9/11". As he got deeper into it he found an inside job done by the FSB, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. He teamed up with Alexander, who was murdered by Putin, to literally bury his information. Yuri finially managed to publish this information (this book, of course was immediately banned in Russia).
Yuri proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it was an inside job, and goes much deeper. How deep?
Peter Dale Scott coined the political, "Deep State", where a shadow government actually is pulling the essential strings of policy that REALLY matter in government. This is the territory that Yuri & Alexander uncover in this book. One can draw simularities with our 9/11 to Russia's apartments bombing/all the way to an insde job.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan Øystein Thorsnas on May 24, 2008
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As several customer review's allready have pointed out - this is a book with an agenda. It does not help that the authors to a great extent refuse to reveal their sources, but want us to take their alligations at face value or that the book is financed by Berezovsky who is a player in the game the book describes. If you search objective and balanced information about contemporary Russia, you will simply have to look elsewhere. Are you ready to make your own sound judgement of the story that you are told in order to pick out what seams reasonable and what seams more like conspiration theories, this is a read-worthy book.

An example of an important and trustworthy story in the book, is the one that the secret services themselves stood behind the so-called terrorist attacks on compartment-blocks in Moscow and other towns in Russia in the months leading up to the 2000 president election. Not surpringly, the story is made trustworthy by being backed by other sources and named witnesses.

An example of an important and undocumented story, is to go far in claiming that in reality it is the FSB that controls the Putin administration and not the Putin administration that controls the FSB. No hard evidence is given for their claim outside their of line of argument, a line of argument that have many of the characteristics of a classic conspiration theory where the fact that you present controversial accusations in itself is a prove that you have reached a deeper understanding than other people.

The book contains an enormous gallery of persons, making it almost impossible to remember all of them and to judge who is important to remember and who is not. To be able to document that they were right, if one day the real truth comes out, this is understandable and neccesary.
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