Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia [NOOK Book]

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In Putin's Labyrinth, acclaimed journalist Steve LeVine, who lived in and reported from the former Soviet Union for more than a decade, provides a gripping account of modern Russia. President Dmitri Medvedev and the country's real power, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are posing a resolute challenge to the West. In a penetrating narrative that recounts the lives and deaths of six Russians, LeVine portrays the growth of a "culture of death"-from targeted assassinations of the state's enemies to the Kremlin's ...
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Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia

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Overview

In Putin's Labyrinth, acclaimed journalist Steve LeVine, who lived in and reported from the former Soviet Union for more than a decade, provides a gripping account of modern Russia. President Dmitri Medvedev and the country's real power, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are posing a resolute challenge to the West. In a penetrating narrative that recounts the lives and deaths of six Russians, LeVine portrays the growth of a "culture of death"-from targeted assassinations of the state's enemies to the Kremlin's indifference when innocent hostages are slaughtered. Interviews with eyewitnesses and the families and friends of these victims reveal how Russians manage to negotiate their way around the ever-present danger of violence and the emotional toll that this lethal maze is exacting on ordinary people. The result is a fresh way of assessing the forces that are driving this major new confrontation with the West.
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“If Steve LeVine’s aim in his new book, Putin’s Labyrinth, was to chill us to the marrow about post-communist Russia, he has succeeded. . . . LeVine’s investigations and interviews are thorough and his conclusions sober.”—Chicago Tribune

Putin’s Labyrinth is an extremely readable account that is as timely as today’s news stories. I recommend it without reservation.”—David M. Kinchen, HuntingtonNews.net

“[A] hot-off-the-presses exposé . . . LeVine’s important take on the all-too-real machinations and bloodthirstiness from which espionage thrillers are made is both unnerving and intriguing.”—Booklist

“A riveting look at today’s Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin.”—Kingston Observer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588368157
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 296,824
  • File size: 676 KB

Meet the Author

Steve LeVine is the author of The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea. He is the chief foreign affairs writer for BusinessWeek and is based in Washington, D.C. He was a foreign correspondent for eighteen years, posted in the Soviet Union, Pakistan, and the Philippines, reporting for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Financial Times, and other publications.
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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters

Ch. 1 Russia's Dark Side 3

A Land in the Grip of a Brutal History

Ch. 2 How Putin Got Elected 13

Boris Yeltsin Finds a Guarantor in a Man from Nowhere

Ch. 3 Getting to Know The Putin 26

Morning in Russia - at a Price

Ch. 4 Nikolai 36

The First Victim of Deliberate Nuclear Poisoning

Ch. 5 Nord-Ost 49

Once Again, Mother Russia Fails Her People

Ch. 6 The Exiles 68

Boris Berezovsky and the Sanctuary of London

Ch. 7 The Crusading American 88

Paul Klebnikov and Glorious Russia

Ch. 8 Murder on an Elevator 103

Anna Politkovskaya and the Voiceless of Russia

Ch. 9 The Traitor 122

Alexander Litvinenko: A Defector in London

Ch. 10 Polonium 137

The World Is Witness to an Assassination

Epilogue 157

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 171

Bibliography and Note on Sources 191

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  • Anonymous

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    While this is excellent writing, it shows some primitive thought and a limited world view held by the author. I find a lot of journalists to be naive. Do they not see that human behavior is common. Even well-paid soldiers in the US ARMY are guilty of crimes such as peeing on dead bodies or shooting two-legged dogs.

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