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The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
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Mar 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, read-in-2012, russia-ussr
Read from March 02 to 04, 2012

At a recent reading, Masha Gessen said she hopes that right now Putin has bigger fish to fry than chase after journalists who criticize him and his policies. I really hope she is right, because this is a courageous book. It is a thoroughly unflattering portrait of the man who is now back in the president's seat (not that he really ever left). He does not seem to possess much history that can definitely be confirmed, and Gessen acknowledges this, but evidence that can be collected paints a picture of a vindictive and spiteful man, who is willing to imprison people on false charges, remove those he cannot imprison, and in general put the country back on the way to the Soviet past. (Really, it's a very screwed-up situation when you feel bad for guys who have more money than god.)
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