The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

Angus Roxburgh


Russia less than Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly companion for the West, a miles cry from the democracy many was hoping for while the Soviet Union collapsed. Angus Roxburgh charts the dramatic struggle for Russia’s destiny lower than Vladimir Putin—how the previous KGB guy replaced from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West’s recognize yet earned its worry, how he cracked down on his competitors at domestic and burnished a flamboyant character cult, at some point saving snow leopards or horse-back using bare-chested, the subsequent tongue-lashing Western audiences. Drawing on dozens of unique interviews in Russia, the place he labored for a time as a Kremlin insider advising Putin on press kin, in addition to within the US and Europe, Roxburgh additionally argues that the West threw away probabilities to deliver Russia in from the chilly, by way of failing to appreciate its fears and aspirations following the cave in of communism. totally up to date following the 2012 presidential election, the hot version of this acclaimed publication offers a distinct and penetrating inside of view of Putin’s Russia.

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