A Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin's Russia

A Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin's Russia

Anna Politkovskaya, one among Russia’s so much fearless reporters, used to be gunned down in a freelance killing in Moscow within the fall of 2006. ahead of her loss of life, Politkovskaya accomplished this searing, intimate checklist of lifestyles in Russia from the parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the awful summer season of 2005, while the kingdom used to be nonetheless reeling from the horrors of the Beslan tuition siege. In A Russian Diary, Politkovskaya dares to inform the reality in regards to the devastation of Russia less than Vladimir Putin–a fact the entire extra pressing considering that her tragic dying.
Writing with unflinching readability, Politkovskaya depicts a society strangled by way of cynicism and corruption. because the Russian elections draw close to, Politkovskaya describes how Putin neutralizes or jails his rivals, muzzles the clicking, shamelessly lies to the public–and then secures a sham landslide that plunges the population into mass melancholy. In Moscow, oligarchs blow millions of rubles on nights of partying whereas Russian squaddies freeze to demise. Terrorist assaults develop into virtually common occasions. easy freedoms dwindle day-by-day.

And then, in September 2004, armed terrorists take greater than twelve hundred hostages within the Beslan college, and a distinct form of insanity descends.
In prose incandescent with outrage, Politkovskaya captures either the horror and the absurdity of lifestyles in Putin’s Russia: She fearlessly interviews a deranged Chechen warlord in his fortified lair. She documents the numb grief of a mom who misplaced a toddler within the Beslan siege and but clings to the fantasy that her son will go back domestic sometime. The marvelous ostentation of the recent wealthy, the glimmer of wish that includes the association of the social gathering of infantrymen’ moms, the mounting police brutality, the fathomless public apathy–all are woven into Politkovskaya’s devastating portrait of Russia today.

“If anyone thinks they could take convenience from the ‘optimistic’ forecast, allow them to do so,” Politkovskaya writes. “It is definitely the better manner, however it is additionally a dying sentence for our grandchildren.”

A Russian Diary is testomony to Politkovskaya’s ferocious refusal to take the better way–and the poor rate she paid for it. it's a incredible, uncompromising exposé of a deteriorating society by way of one of many world’s bravest writers.

Praise for Anna Politkovskaya
“Anna Politkovskaya outlined the human judgment of right and wrong. Her relentless pursuit of the reality within the face of hazard and darkness testifies to her distinctive position in journalism–and humanity. This publication merits to be broadly read.”
–Christiane Amanpour, leader overseas correspondent, CNN

“Like all nice investigative newshounds, Anna Politkovskaya introduced ahead human truths that rewrote the reliable tale. we'll proceed to learn her, and research from her, for years.”
–Salman Rushdie

“Suppression of freedom of speech, of expression, reaches its savage final within the homicide of a author. Anna Politkovskaya refused to lie, in her paintings; her homicide is a ghastly act, and an assault on international literature.”
–Nadine Gordimer

“Beyond mourning her, it might be extra seemly to recollect her by means of being attentive to what she wrote.”
–James Meek

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