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Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State

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Anticipating a new dawn of freedom after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russians could hardly have foreseen the reality of their future a decade later: a country impoverished and controlled at every level by organized crime. This riveting book views the 1990s reform period through the experiences of individual citizens, revealing the changes that have swept Russia ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published April 10th 2003)
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This book reminded me a lot of Anna Politkovskaya's writing's on Russia, with a more detached view from the long-time American journalist of things Kremlin (and the first foreign reporter kicked out of Russia since the end of the Cold War for those writings).
The section that really caught my eye was the section on the apartment bombings in September 1999 that started the 2nd Chechnya War and greased Putin's rise to power. I've heard accusations that is was, as conspiratorists said, an inside jo
Great read, the author uses narrative histories of Russians to illustrate facets of Russian life after the fall of the Soviet Union, when eager "capitalists" reformed the economy as only Russians could. Without regard for rule of law, they implemented harsh, homicidal even, reforms that lead to the current criminal oligarchy.
This book could in some ways be classified as "horror-non-fiction". To see how in, fewer than 300 pages, a world superpower has gone from an empire to a nation with a declining population, virtually non-existent public services, and organized crime syndicates that are a parallel government is down right scary.
holy shit this book was good.
i had never read anything like it but it totally opened my eyes to so many levels of corruption that existed after the collapse of the Soviety Union. so much messed up stuffed was happening just a few years ago..and i had NO IDEA.
Absolutely horrifying, frightening to see what can be done to a population with no chance of retribution.
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David Satter (born in 1947 in Chicago, USA) is a former Moscow correspondent and expert on Russia and the Soviet Union who wrote books about the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of post-Soviet Russia.
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