The Strongman

The Strongman

Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

Book - 2012
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Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly partner for the West, a far cry from the democratic ally many hoped for when the Soviet Union collapsed. Abroad, Putin has used Russia's energy strength as a foreign policy weapon, while at home he has cracked down on opponents, adamant that only he has the right vision for his country's future.

Former BBC Moscow correspondent Angus Roxburgh charts the dramatic fight for Russia's future under Vladimir Putin--how the former KGB man changed from reformer to autocrat; how he sought the West's respect but earned its fear; how he cracked down on his rivals at home and burnished a flamboyant personality cult, one day saving snow leopards or horseback riding bare-chested, the next tongue-lashing Western audiences. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews in Russia, where he worked as a Kremlin insider advising Putin on press relations, Roxburgh also argues that the West threw away chances to bring Russia in from the cold by failing to understand its fears and aspirations following the collapse of communism.

Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2012
ISBN: 9781780760162
Branch Call Number: 947.086 ROX
Characteristics: xiv, 338 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jul 05, 2013

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia. --- by --- Angus Roxburgh. Angus Roxburgh has been the BBC’s Moscow correspondent. In 2006, he went to work as a PR man in the employ of one of Putin’s chief spokesmen. His task was to cultivate a more favourable image of the Soviet Union, oops, Russia in the West. Once again slipping into seclusion from the West, once again falling into its age-old paranoia of things foreign; one again returning to its dictatorial roots, Russia is once again cutting itself off from the West. Liberalization is dead: the retreat to the dictatorship of a strongman is in the ascendency. Not everyone will want to read this book. Those curious about current day Russia will find it insightful and very well written. To us, Putin is somewhat of an enigma who loves to take his shirt off in public as he swims icy rivers in Siberia (shades of Mao Tse Tung) us collars wild tigers. As thw author states, however, this is not a biography about Putin. This is a tale of Putin and Russia at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Will it be like the one gone by? If you want to understand Russia today this book deserves to be read. Well supported by footnotes and references.

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