By Anna Politkovskaya, Arch Tait, Scott Simon

Anna Politkovskaya, one in all Russia’s so much fearless reporters, used to be gunned down in a freelance killing in Moscow within the fall of 2006. ahead of her loss of life, Politkovskaya accomplished this searing, intimate list of lifestyles in Russia from the parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the awful summer season of 2005, while the kingdom used to be nonetheless reeling from the horrors of the Beslan institution siege. In A Russian Diary, Politkovskaya dares to inform the reality concerning the devastation of Russia below Vladimir Putin–a fact the entire extra pressing because her tragic demise.
Writing with unflinching readability, Politkovskaya depicts a society strangled by means of cynicism and corruption. because the Russian elections draw close to, Politkovskaya describes how Putin neutralizes or jails his rivals, muzzles the clicking, shamelessly lies to the public–and then secures a sham landslide that plunges the population into mass melancholy. In Moscow, oligarchs blow millions of rubles on nights of partying whereas Russian squaddies freeze to dying. Terrorist assaults turn into nearly regular occasions. uncomplicated freedoms dwindle day-by-day.

And then, in September 2004, armed terrorists take greater than twelve hundred hostages within the Beslan institution, and a unique form of insanity descends.
In prose incandescent with outrage, Politkovskaya captures either the horror and the absurdity of lifestyles in Putin’s Russia: She fearlessly interviews a deranged Chechen warlord in his fortified lair. She files the numb grief of a mom who misplaced a toddler within the Beslan siege and but clings to the fantasy that her son will go back domestic sometime. The brilliant ostentation of the hot wealthy, the glimmer of wish that includes the association of the occasion of squaddies’ moms, the mounting police brutality, the fathomless public apathy–all are woven into Politkovskaya’s devastating portrait of Russia today.

“If anyone thinks they could take convenience from the ‘optimistic’ forecast, allow them to do so,” Politkovskaya writes. “It is definitely the simpler manner, however it is additionally a dying sentence for our grandchildren.”

A Russian Diary is testomony to Politkovskaya’s ferocious refusal to take the simpler way–and the poor fee she paid for it. it's a superb, uncompromising exposé of a deteriorating society through one of many world’s bravest writers.

Praise for Anna Politkovskaya
“Anna Politkovskaya outlined the human judgment of right and wrong. Her relentless pursuit of the reality within the face of threat and darkness testifies to her exclusive position in journalism–and humanity. This e-book merits to be generally read.”
–Christiane Amanpour, leader overseas correspondent, CNN

“Like all nice investigative newshounds, Anna Politkovskaya introduced ahead human truths that rewrote the respectable tale. we'll proceed to learn her, and research from her, for years.”
–Salman Rushdie

“Suppression of freedom of speech, of expression, reaches its savage final within the homicide of a author. Anna Politkovskaya refused to lie, in her paintings; her homicide is a ghastly act, and an assault on global literature.”
–Nadine Gordimer

“Beyond mourning her, it'd be extra seemly to recollect her by way of being attentive to what she wrote.”
–James Meek

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He spoke of positive developments in relations between the branches of state power. Yavlinsky smiled wryly. Soon, across the road from the Kremlin, the final session of the departing Parliament was held in the Duma building. Almost everybody was there. United Russia was in a holiday mood and made no attempt to disguise the fact. Why would they? Every day newly elected deputies from other parties are defecting to them, moving closer to Putin. United Russia is inflating like a hot air balloon. Yavlinsky stood apart from everyone else, as always alone.

It agreed to be treated like an idiot. According to an official opinion poll, 12 percent of Russians thought United Russia representatives gave the best account of themselves in the preelection television debates. This despite the fact that the representatives of United Russia flatly refused to take part in any television debates. They had nothing to say other than that their actions spoke for them. ’ ” In other words, let's go back to the USSR—slightly retouched, slicked up, modernized, but the good old Soviet Union, now with bureaucratic capitalism where the state official is the main oligarch, vastly richer than any property owner or capitalist.

I realized something bad would happen to Khodorkovsky when the Financial Times in London published an enormous article with photographs of Khodorkovsky, Mikhail Fridman,* and Roman Abramovich, under a very large headline, which they don't usually do. The story was to the effect that those oligarchs were transferring their wealth to the West and preparing to sell everything here. ” “How should I know? ” “I have the impression that you are giving up too. After all, people in Georgia* rejected the results of rigged elections and used extraparlia-mentary methods to alter the situation.

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