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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780743483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780743486
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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British journalist Bennetts squarely, bravely tackles contemporary Russia, specifically, Vladimir Putin and his United Russia banditry. Westerners may have noted that Putin left and came back, but here’s the electrifying story, filled with interviews with politicians and people on the street, quotes and statistics, and footnoted facts that make this book an eerie, bone-­shaking, you-are-there exposé. Some citizens long for the stability of communism; others watch state-controlled television and hope for the best. Yet intellectuals, hipsters, members of the punk-rock group Pussy Riot, and others, in particular, Alexei Navalny, have fought back against Putin’s outright, untrammeled corruption, using social media to rally the masses, mostly city dwellers, into action, even though action against Putin often leads to trumped-up charges, imprisonment, and worse. Bennetts attends the marches and rallies, chases down the interviews, and writes with clarity and wryness about, ultimately, the historical willingness to seek a savior figure that will rescue Russia from itself. --Eloise Kinney

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"An eerie, bone-shaking, you-are-there expose. Bennetts attends the marches and rallies, chases down the interviews and writes with clarity and wryness about, ultimately, the historical 'willingness to seek a savior figures that will rescue Russia from itself." - Booklist

"Strongly written, well-researched and timely....should be read now." - Times Literary Supplement

"A compelling account of how a disparate set of political groups came together to create the largest anti-government protests Russia has seen in living memory. Bennetts doesn't attempt any grand theologising nor does he impose his own politics on the account - which in this case is welcome." - New Statesman

"Clear-eyed...insightful...sympathetic." - Time Out London

"This book gives a fascinating peek at the shifting political landscape in one of the world's most opaque nations." Press Association

"A fascinating peek at the shifting political landscape in one of the world's most opaque nations." - Irish Examiner

"This book could hardly have come at a better time...Bennetts is well-placed to write the book. The huge variety of his interviews, through which he elicits a pleasing selection of anecdotes, as well as accusations of being a foreign spy, show his familiarity with the country and its people." - We Love This Book

"Engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him, which are gaining steam. Moscow-based British journalist Bennetts (Football Dynamo: Modern Russia and the People's Game, 2009, etc.) maintains a cool, even tone throughout these portraits of the Putin oligarchs, who are determined to keep power, and the leaders of the dissident movements aiming to oust them. Bennetts insightfully portrays a Russia on the cusp of popular revolt." - Kirkus Reviews

"Dark, compelling, and illuminating. Bennetts meets priests, lawmakers, spin-doctors, ordinary Russians, left-wing agitators, and riot cops in this vivid first-hand portrait." — Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent and author of Mafia State

"Colourful and authoritative. The best account of Russia's protest movement and Putin's ferocious crackdown." — Angus Roxburgh, author of Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

"Vivid and insightful. Bennetts captures a transitional moment in Russian history. Years from now, when researchers are seeking to explain the second Putin era, they would do well to use this reportage." — Daniel Kalder, author of Lost Cosmonaut

"Bennetts has done an excellent job of drawing together the scattered beads of a sobering story." — Susan Richards, author of Lost and Found in Russia: Encounters in a Deep Heartland and founding editor of OpenDemocracy Russia

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Loved this book. It was so well written. I felt like I was there. I always wondered what went on over there and why there are so many immigrants where I live in Spokane WA.
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The author has written about the political culture in Russia from first hand experience as a journalist living in that culture for about 15 years. He gives a narrative of the key players in the continuum drama of persons jockeying for positions of power and prestige and the prevailing attitudes regarding Putin's leadership and his governing body for the country. In addition, the views of America as expressed by the political attitudes of the leaders and some of the people are presented as well. I found this book interesting but found that there seemed to be excessive emphasis on details involving personages of interest in the struggles among those jockeying for power on the political scene. For this reason, I gave this book a four star rating. Even though repetition and excessive details were presented, I found this book gave a current view of the people's political culture and the struggles for self governance.
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