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Unique insider account of the enigmatic Putin from a former Kremlin adviser. Ground breaking material on the complex inner workings and private world of Putin┐s circle. Distinguished foreign correspondent with extraordinary personal contacts. Sheds lights on the rise of a new self-confident Russia Highly topical portrait of a tense struggle for power prior to Russia┐s presidential elections
Angus Roxburgh is one of Britain’s most distinguished foreign correspondents. An author and renowned journalist, he was the Sunday Times Moscow Correspondent in the 1980s until he was expelled from the Soviet Union in a tit-for-tat espionage row. He returned in the 1990s and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the Yeltsin years. Subsequently, he worked as an advisor and speechwriter for Putin’s communications team, a role which gave him unrivalled access to the Kremlin’s inner circle.
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“A serious book that portrays a Russian administration at sea in a world most of its officials did not comprehend. Putin himself emerges as a more complex character than the epithet "strongman" would suggest…Every chapter of this book is worth reading.” – The Independent (UK)
“[A] lively and absorbing study of the Putin years.” - The Guardian (UK)