Auteur: Judah, Ben
Titel: Fragile Empire
Sub titel: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin
From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putinís friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, business tycoons, mobsters, and ordinary Russian citizens. Fragile Empire is the fruit of Judahís thorough research: a probing assessment of Putinís rise to power and what it has meant for Russia and her people. Despite a propaganda program intent on maintaining the clichť of stability, Putinís regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a highly public protest movement that told a different side of the story. Judah argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability. The author explores both Putinís successes and his failed promises, taking into account the impact of a new middle class and a new generation, the Internet, social activism, and globalization on the presidentís impending leadership crisis. Can Russia avoid the crisis of Putinism? Judah offers original and up-to-the-minute answers.
2014, 400 pag., Euro 14,95
Yale University Press, New Haven/London, ISBN 9780300205220
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