The less you know, the better you sleep : Russia's road to terror and dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin.
Publication year: 2016
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.
ISBN: 0300211422 9780300211429 (hbk): 20.00
In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled, 'it was surprising it took so long'. Satter is known in Russia for having written that the apartment bombings in 1999, which were blamed on Chechens and brought Putin to power, were actually carried out by the Russian FSB security police. In this book, Satter tells the story of the apartment bombings and how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, why Vladimir Putin was chosen as his sucessor, and how Putin has suppressed all opposition while retaining the appreance of a pluralist state.
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