Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

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9780300181210: Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin sees his regime as a triumph - one that has turned a bankrupt state into an energy superpower, built a new middle class out of post-Soviet wreckage, and defeated NATO expansion, while Russian incomes boomed more than 140 per cent. However, in this riveting new analysis, Ben Judah argues that Russia's leader is not the strongman he appears. Putin may be victorious as a politician, but he has utterly failed to build a modern state. Once loved for its forcefulness and the spreading of new consumer lifestyles, Putin's regime is now increasingly loathed for incompetence and corruption. Rather than modernizing Russia's institutions, Putin has enthroned a predatory bureaucracy, leaving the regions a patchwork of fragmented and feudalized entities - some ruthlessly technocratic, others almost lawless. Written with rare access to the oligarchs and officials who made the Putin era and the new opposition who are trying to destroy it, 'Fragile Empire' is a journey through a frenzied Moscow and beyond. Judah, an exceptionally talented young writer and reporter, takes the reader on a journey through a scarred nation from the battlefields of the Caucasus and the tank factories of the Urals to the impoverished farmers toiling for Chinese settlers in the cold fields of the Far East. 'Fragile Empire' asks if Putin can still control a new middle class that is dreaming of Europe, will he win over the first post-Soviet generation, and whether his Kremlin can still hold onto a Siberia overshadowed by China. This is a razor-sharp diagnosis of what has gone wrong in post-modern Russia. 'Foreign Policy' named 'Fragile Empire' on of its Top 25 Books To Read in 2013.

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'This is a rich and powerful book.' --Tony Brenton, Standpoint, 1st June 2013

'Having worked as a Reuters reporter, a think-tank analyst and a freelance journalist, Judah has the skills to prep the dirty ingredients of Russian politics and cook up a narrative feast.' --Oliver Bullough, Literary Review, 1st June 2013

'Judah's portrait of Putin's fragile empire is analytical, historically informed and wise. He shares his glancing impressions lavishly, and does not conceal his sadness and disgust.' --Rachel Polonsky, Evening Standard, 30th May 2013

'Ben Judah, a young freelance writer, paints a more journalistic - and more passionate - picture in 'Fragile Empire'. He shuttles to and fro across Russia's vast terrain, finding criminals, liars, fascists and crooked politicians, as well as the occasional saintly figure.' --The Economist, 9th May 2013

'Judah has travelled far and wide. He's talked to men and women in all walks of life ' and, what's more, he's listened. There's a real freshness and vividness to his reportage, a real conviction in his analysis of a society in which daily life is an endless round of disappointment and frustration.' --Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman, 18th May 2013

'A beautifully written and very lively study of Russia that argues that the political order created by Vladimir Putin is stagnating - undermined by corruption and a failure to modernise economically. Judah's reporting stretches from the Kremlin to Siberia and has a clear moral sense, without being preachy.' --Gideon Rachman, Financial Times, 29th June 2013

'Judah is an intrepid reporter and classy political scientist [...] His lively account of his remote adventures forms the most enjoyable part of Fragile Empire, and puts me in mind of Chekhov's famous 1890 journey to Sakhalin Island.' --Luke Harding, The Guardian, 27th June 2013

'Judah's portrait of Putin is devastating [...] the opposite of dry Kremlinology. Interviews with senior politicians, oligarchs' daughters, louts and petty criminals include revealing cameos, as when a politician throws down $30 to cover the $10 bill in a cafe -- just for show.' --George Walden, Bloomberg, 4th July 2013

'Judah is an intrepid reporter and classy political scientist [...] His lively account of his remote adventures forms the most enjoyable part of Fragile Empire, and puts me in mind of Chekhov's famous 1890 journey to Sakhalin Island.' --Luke Harding, The Guardian, 27th June 2013

L'autore:

Ben Judah was born in 1988, less than three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. He studied at Oxford University and has travelled widely in Russia and Central Asia. He has reported from the abandoned Gulags of Kolyma, tracked a Yeti in Tajikistan, and covered the Georgian war and the revolutionary collapse of Kyrgyzstan. His work has featured in the 'Financial Times', the 'Economist', 'Prospect', 'Standpoint' and 'Foreign Policy'. He reported for Reuters in Moscow before joining the European Council on Foreign Relations in London as a Russia analyst. He is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative.

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