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Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia Paperback – April 21, 2009
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Central to Putin's mindset and thus the general direction of the country is his connection to Russia's intelligence services. This once undistinguished KGB agent, who managed to become director of the FSB (the successor to the KGB) before being anointed President by Yeltsin, has apparently made his former livelihood the backbone of the new Russian state. His ex-FSB cronies occupy many of the top governmental positions and the secretive "us against them" mentality seems to be the mood of the day. To highlight the tragic consequences of Russia's current trajectory, Levine uses the stories of several high profile victims of the current political climate. Most notable are the murders of renowned journalist Anna Politkovskaya and defector Alexander Litvinenko, just to name two.Read more ›
President Putin is on the rise as the most powerful man in the world backed by a strenghtneing military, billions of dollars at his disposal, massive fuel resources, and an increasing diplomatic presence in the Middle East and elsewhere.
It is too late for the United States to do anything about this because George Bush looked into Putin's eyes and impossibly
"got a sense of his soul". Then Obama came along and has been MIA from the scene in Middle East and is Barney Fife to Putin's ALPHA DOG.
The only outcome unfortunately is that Russia, lead by Putin, will continue to rise, and will eventually absorb the EU into the future Eurasian Union, and then tomorrow...the world
Sound alarmist? Not really...all you have to do is be able to read.
the news will tell you everything you need to know
Author LeVine gives the same in-depth treat to two other victims of Russian murder: Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov and crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. In each case - both unsolved - LeVine contends that it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who "is responsible because...he created the climate of impunity in which someone decided [they] could die. Putin's rule protects those who are inside the system or at least accept it. Outsiders cannot expect the same protection."
That passage reflects the main tenet of the book. LeVine sets out his conclusion quite forcefully in the book's introduction. Noting what he has assembled for the reader in the pages that follow, he states that "the shared testimony paints a disturbing picture of assassination and other brutality, and leaves the unmistakable impression that the Russian state under Putin is at least partially responsible."
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Bought the book to get a better sense of current events. I was a Russian history major in college and I would classify this book as poorly organized and filled with... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by KMD
it is a different pt of view than the books by alex lit i find it interesting to read a different pt of view...if putin would write a book and sell it i would buy and read it tooPublished on June 20, 2013 by sera
Very engaging book written by someone who was there (or if he wasn't, he knew someone who was). Great investigative journalism. Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Mr. Paul I. Medew
LeVine's Labyrinth places Estonia in the Balkans, jerks Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan back and forth from east to west of the Caspian Sea, has Putin rather than Yeltsin as President... Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by Susan Southworth
After reading A Peoples Tragedy by Orlando Figes and then, Stalin by Robert Service I was looking for a book on contemporary Russia. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Cj Davis
Putin's Labyrinth, brings to light the atrocious realities of Russian politics, putting special emphasis on Putin's egotistical and callous manner that both sets the tone for... Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by C. Soriano