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Siege mentality

24 March 2012
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin Masha Gessen

Granta, pp.320, 20

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia Angus Roxburgh

I.B. Tauris, pp.352, 20

The mirrored sunglasses worn by Putin on the cover of Angus Roxburgh’s The Strongman give the Russian president the look of a crude mafia boss, while the half-face photo on… Read more

Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia by Luke Harding

22 October 2011
Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia Luke Harding

Guardian Books, pp.320, 20

‘For you Russia is closed’. One can imagine the satisfaction with which a border control official pronounced these words to the Guardian correspondent, Luke Harding,  who had just flown back… Read more