Peter Pomerantsev

“At the front door I pat my trouser pocket to check for the thin outline of my passport and realize it’s not there. Always the passport, always the “dokumenti!” You can get stopped and checked for papers at any moment. It might only actually happen once or maybe even twice a year, but you still have to stand in queues and knock on doors to obtain the whole library of little stamps, regulations, permits—the legal stipulations and requirements that are themselves always changing. A little trick to keep you always on tenterhooks, always patting your pockets for your papers, always waking up worried that you might have lost them in a bar. Over time you begin to pat for the passport instinctively, your hand going down unthinkingly to check your pocket so many times a day you don’t even notice any more. That’s true power—when it starts to influence the unconscious movements of your arms.”


Peter Pomerantsev, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev
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