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A collection of writings on recent Russian politics, focusing on Vladimir Putin's government and the 2003 parliamentary elections, by one of the greatest and bravest journalists of our time.
Known to many as 'Russia's lost moral conscience', Anna Politkovskaya was a special correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta and the recipient of many honours for her writing. She is the author of A Dirty War, Putin's Russia and A Russian Diary, to be published in April 2007. Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in October 2006.
Russian investigative journalist Politkovskaya (Putin's Russia), who had been special correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, had recently completed this work when a hit man murdered her in her Moscow apartment building in 2006. A courageous and prescient reporter on the Russian parliamentary elections in December 2003, she guides us through the cynicism and corruption of Vladimir Putin's presidency. Her relentless pursuit of truth about the human rights violations against the Chechen people led her to horrifying tales of torture and violence. This diary includes interviews with mothers of the murdered children of the Beslan school, with Russian soldiers mutilated in Chechnya, and a fascinating encounter in the fortified hideaway of a deranged Chechen warlord. Furthermore, she exposes the degradation and even death of many young conscripts in the Russian armed forces. One cannot help but admire this tenacious correspondent, who wrote with integrity and honesty regardless of the consequences. Although her voice has been silenced, it is important that her words be read, digested, and promulgated. Highly recommended.-Mary C. Allen, Everett P.L., WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Passionate... Devastating... Powerful" * Guardian * "Politkovskaya is a Solzhenitsyn for the 21st century... Very few were telling a similar truth in her lifetime and even fewer will tell it now that she is dead" * Observer * "Politkovskaya gives an account of life as it is lived under Putin, fearlessly detailing the chaos and corruption she saw around her" * Independent on Sunday * "Brilliant... she reminds us what journalism can be" * Herald * "This is her testimony... it makes for impressive and immediate reading" * Independent *