- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Yale University Press (4. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0300205228
- ISBN-13: 978-0300205220
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,2 x 3 x 23,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 167.786 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Februar 2014
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"'Judah is an intrepid reporter and classy political scientist.' (Luke Harding, The Guardian) 'The best of a recent crop of books on the Russian president, it describes the essential corruption of the system Putin created (supposedly) to clean up the country. It spans the extent of this huge country as well as the decade and a half that Putin has been in power.' (Oliver Bullough, The Telegraph) 'A beautifully written and very lively study of Russia that argues that the political order created by Vladimir Putin is stagnating - undermined by corruption and a failure to modernise economically. Judah's reporting stretches from the Kremlin to Siberia and has a clear moral sense, without being preachy.' (Gideon Rachman, Financial Times) 'Ben Judah, a young freelance writer, paints a more journalistic - and more passionate - picture in Fragile Empire. He shuttles to and fro across Russia's vast terrain, finding criminals, liars, fascists and crooked politicians, as well as the occasional saintly figure.' (The Economist) 'this detailed and impressive account of Putin's years in office' (Ian Critchley, The Sunday Times)"
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ben Judah is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative. His work has been featured in the "Financial Times"," " the "Economist"," ""Prospect"," ""Standpoint, " and "Foreign Policy".""
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The first thing that comes to my mind is how brave the author must be to go around Russia asking questions about Putin. From my understanding and this book that is a very risky thing to do since the primary purpose of the security apparatus in Russia is to keep Putin in power.
The book follows Putin from the chaos in post-collapse St Petersburg where he worked for a local politician through his election to presidency, the Medvedev years (which were actually the Putin years), and then back into his current stint in charge.
The book is not all negative about Putin, which is what I find most interesting. The oligarchs that took control of the energy and media companies were extremely un popular and Putin brought them to heel. This was in fact popular among much of the population. He also took energy revenues and used them to pay some salaries and pensions and bring some modest amount of stability to the poor. And Moscow was substantially re built with sky scrapers and other elements. He also resolved (for the time being) the situation in Chechnya by allying with the current warlord and this momentarily resolved a horrible active war that was being fought in an embarrasing way for Russia.
It is very interesting to see how close associates of Putin, even those in his Judo club and KGB days, have become billionaires. They have taken control of the energy infrastructure and then a swiss trading function is another source of his supposed vast personal wealth (unproven).
Judah talks to Navalny, the activist against Putin's latest election, and this is insightful because today Navalny is subject to a phantom prosecution designed to deter him from elective office. You can jump between the articles in the book and the latest news and this is very helpful.
There is a lot in this book. It covers an amazing amount of topics from coast to coast, including the border wars with China and the far, Far East. The author attempts nothing less than a comprehensive, border to border analysis of modern Russia.