Authoritarian Backlash: Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union (Post-Soviet Politics)

By Thomas Ambrosio

Authoritarian Russia has followed 5 innovations to maintain the Kremlin's political strength: insulate, bolster, subvert, redefine and coordinate. Thomas Ambrosio examines every one of those in flip, all of which search to counter or undermine local democratic developments either at domestic and in the course of the former Soviet Union. rules similar to those are of serious predicament to the growing to be literature on how autocratic regimes have gotten extra lively of their resistance to democracy. via targeted case reports of every procedure, this ebook makes major contributions to our understandings of Russian family and international guidelines, democratization conception and the coverage demanding situations linked to democracy merchandising.

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Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin (St. Antony's)

Seven major experts current chapters dedicated to key issues in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics. these subject matters contain: the private as opposed to the institutional within the political technique; legitimacy and legitimation; and alter and cave in of a mono-organizational society. whereas the publication makes a speciality of those significant topics, person chapters take care of wide-ranging or even strange instances: Graeme Gill analyzes the legitimating capabilities of Moscow's structure, Sheila Fitzpatrick makes use of the data to attract an image of Stalin 'the boss' facing his closest colleagues, Eugene Huskey presents a close description of post-Soviet Russian pantouflage, and Archie Brown and Peter Reddaway current their diversified takes on Gorbachev and the Soviet cave in. Stephen Fortescue presents an summary of policy-making approaches from Lenin and Putin, and Leslie Holmes updates the idea that of goal-rational legitimacy.

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Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia

The hot Russia is marching in an alarming course. Emboldened by way of escalating oil wealth and newfound prominence as an international energy, Russia, less than the management of Vladimir Putin, has veered again towards the authoritarian roots planted in Imperial/Czarist instances and firmly confirmed in the course of the Soviet period. notwithstanding Russia has a brand new president, Dmitri Medvedev, Putin is still up to speed, rendering the democratic reforms of the post-Soviet order beside the point. Now, in Putin’s Labyrinth, acclaimed journalist Steve LeVine, who lived in and pronounced from the previous Soviet Union for greater than a decade, presents a penetrating account of recent Russia below the repressive rule of an omnipotent autocrat. LeVine portrays the expansion of a “culture of death”–from precise assassinations of the state’s enemies to the Kremlin’s indifference while blameless hostages are slaughtered.

Drawing on new interviews with eyewitnesses and the households of sufferers, LeVine records the bloodshed that has stained Putin’s phrases as president. one of the incidents chronicled in those pages: The 2002 terrorist takeover of a crowded Moscow theater–which resulted in the govt gassing the construction, and the deaths of greater than 100 terrified hostages–seen right here from new angles, during the riveting phrases of these who survived; and the homicide of brave investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, shot within the elevator of her residence construction on Putin’s birthday, purportedly as a malicious “gift” for the president from supporters. ultimately, a stunning tale that made overseas headlines–the 2006 demise of defector Alexander Litvinenko in London–is dramatized as by no means earlier than. LeVine lines the stairs of this KGB-spy-turned-dissident on his solution to being poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive isotope. And in doing so, LeVine is granted an extraordinary sequence of interviews with a KGB defector who was once approximately killed in surprisingly comparable conditions fifty years previous. via LeVine’s exhaustive examine, we come to grasp the sufferers as actual humans, not only names briefly information bills of the way they died.

Putin’s Labyrinth is greater than an immensely readable exposé. it's hugely own, with the flavour of a memoir. it's a considerate booklet that examines the puzzling query of ways Russians be ready to negotiate their means round the ever-present threat of violence. It calculates the emotional toll that this deadly maze is exacting on usual humans, at the same time they get pleasure from a dramatically heightened lifestyle. such a lot ominously, it assesses the reopening of hostilities with the West, and the forces which are using this significant new disagreement.

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Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

The beautiful tale of Russia’s slide again right into a dictatorship—and how the West is now paying the fee for permitting it to happen.

The ascension of Vladimir Putin—a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB—to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was once a powerful sign that the rustic used to be headed clear of democracy. but within the intervening years—as the United States and the world’s different top powers have endured to assuage him—Putin has grown not just right into a dictator yet an internationalthreat. together with his gigantic assets and nuclear arsenal, Putin is on the heart of a world attack on political liberty and the trendy global order.

For Garry Kasparov, none of this is often information. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even prime the pro-democracy competition to him within the farcical 2008 presidential election. but years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies approximately Putin’s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker fact: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself against the unfastened nations of the world.

As Putin has grown ever extra strong, the chance he poses has grown from neighborhood to nearby and eventually to international. during this pressing e-book, Kasparov indicates that the cave in of the Soviet Union was once now not an endpoint—only a metamorphosis of seasons, because the chilly warfare melted right into a new spring. yet now, after years of complacency and terrible judgment, wintry weather is once more upon us.

Argued with the strength of Kasparov’s world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his domestic nation, Winter Is Coming finds Putin for what he's: an existential probability hiding in simple sight.

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Buddha's Little Finger

By Victor Pelevin

Russian novelist Victor Pelevin is quickly setting up himself as some of the most fantastic younger writers at paintings this day. His comedian inventiveness and mind-bending expertise triggered Time journal to proclaim him a "psychedelic Nabokov for the cyber-age." In his 3rd novel, Buddha's Little Finger, Pelevin has created an intellectually fabulous story approximately identification and Russian heritage, in addition to a amazing elaboration of Buddhist philosophy. relocating among occasions of the Russian Civil battle of 1919 and the innovations of a guy incarcerated in a latest Moscow psychiatric medical institution, Buddha's Little Finger is a piece of demonic absurdism by way of a author who keeps to please and astonish.

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The Russian Revolution

By Richard Pipes

Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and every now and then superbly....No unmarried quantity identified to me even starts off to cater so effectively to people who are looking to detect what fairly occurred to Russia....Nor do i do know the other ebook larger designed to assist Soviet electorate to fight out of the darkness."

-- Ronald Hingley, the hot York instances publication Review

Ground-breaking in its inclusiveness, enchanting in its narrative of a circulate whose goal, within the phrases of Leon Trotsky, used to be "to overthrow the world," The Russian Revolution attracts conclusions that experience already aroused nice controversy during this country-and which are bound to be explosive whilst the e-book is released within the Soviet Union. Richard Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution used to be an highbrow, instead of a category, rebellion; that it used to be steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it used to be no longer a revolution in any respect yet a coup d'etat -- "the catch of governmental energy through a small minority."

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The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown

By Yuri Felshtinsky

The KGB performs Chess is a special ebook. For the 1st time it opens to us the most mystery pages of the heritage of chess. The battles approximately which you may learn during this booklet should not among chess masters sitting on the chess board, yet among the robust Soviet mystery police, referred to as the KGB, at the one hand, and a number of other courageous participants, at the different. Their names are recognized within the chess international: Viktor Kortschnoi, Boris Spasski, Boris Gulko and Garry Kasparov turned topics of continuous strain, blackmail and persecution within the USSR. Their victories on the chess board have been accomplished regardless of this victimization. in contrast to a few books, this tale has views. The sufferer and the persecutor, the hunted and the hunter, all describe of their personal phrases the exact same occasions. One part is represented via the recognized Russian chess gamers Viktor Kortschnoi and Boris Gulko. for a few years they fought opposed to a robust method, and on the finish they have been effective. The Soviet Union collapsed and so they obtained what they have been struggling with for: their freedom. Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Popov, who left Russia in 1996 and now lives in Canada, used to be a kind of who had labored all his existence for the KGB and was once chargeable for the game quarter of the USSR. it's only now for the 1st time that he has made up our minds to inform the reader his tale of the KGB's involvement in Soviet activities. this can be his first e-book, and it's not simply choked with sensations, however it additionally dares to call names of mystery KGB brokers formerly identified simply as recognized chess masters, sportsmen or game officers. quite a few brief years in the past a booklet like this is able to were unbelievable. learn this e-book. it's not basically approximately chess. it truly is approximately excellent victory of the nice chess masters over the forces of darkness.

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The Age of Ice: A Novel

By J. M. Sidorova

An epic debut novel a couple of lovelorn eighteenth-century Russian noble, cursed with sturdiness and an immunity to chilly, whose quest for the reality at the back of his spans exciting centuries and a gorgeous array of old occasions.

The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her most modern eccentric order: build a palace out of ice blocks. within its partitions her slaves construct a marriage chamber, a cover mattress on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made up of ice. Sealed inside of are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed lady jester. at the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these are to be married, the connection consummated inside of this frozen felony. within the morning, guards input to discover them half-dead. 9 months later, boys are born.

Surrounded through servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his dual brother, Andrei, have an idyllic youth at the family’s huge state property. yet as they strategy manhood, stark changes coalesce. Andrei is bold and impressive; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid wintry weather evening at the street among St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his military put up, Alexander involves a scary revelation: his physique is proof against cold.

J. M. Sidorova’s boldly unique and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing warmth of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the reality at the back of his unusual physiology—will span 3 continents and centuries and produce him into touch with a massive diversity of actual historic figures, from Mary Shelley, the writer of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.

The Age of Ice is without doubt one of the so much enthralling and artistic debut novels of the 12 months.

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Intermediate Russian: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks)

By John Murray

Intermediate Russian offers a reference grammar and comparable workouts in a single quantity. different texts from Russian resources supply an perception into modern Russian society and tradition. good points contain:
* texts and routines reflecting modern Russian
* concise grammar explanations
* complete workout key
* unique index.
Intermediate Russian, and its sister quantity, Basic Russian, are excellent either for autonomous research and use at school. jointly the books supply a compendium of the necessities of Russian grammar.

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, an unlimited canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and mystery police, of informers and spies and interrogators and likewise of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world on the center of the Soviet Union the place the foremost to survival lay no longer in wish yet in melancholy. The paintings is predicated at the testimony of a few 2 hundred survivors, and at the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's personal 11 years in labour camps and exile. it's either a completely researched rfile and a feat of literary and inventive power.

Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling document of his arrest and interrogation, which uncovered to the realm the mammoth forms of mystery police that haunted Soviet society

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