The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep

The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep

Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin

Book - 2016
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In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled, "it was surprising it took so long." Satter is known in Russia for having written that the apartment bombings in 1999, which were blamed on Chechens and brought Putin to power, were actually carried out by the Russian FSB security police. In this book, Satter tells the story of the apartment bombings and how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, why Vladimir Putin was chosen as his sucessor, and how Putin has suppressed all opposition while retaining the appreance of a pluralist state. As the threat represented by Russia becomes increasingly clear, Satter's description of where Russia is and how it got there will be of vital interest to anyone concerned about the dangers facing the world today.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300211429
Branch Call Number: 947.086 SAT
Characteristics: xvi, 221 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 21, 2017

Pretty good...but most of the content is just a slightly updated version of Satter's previous book, Darkness at Dawn, which is much better and covers a wider range of topics.

Mar 11, 2017

If even 70% of this is true, then I am very frightened! I thought it wise of the author to include possible reasons why the Russian people allow for a corrupt dictator-like system in 2016. Everything is relative... It is hard for my 'western' brain to comprehend sacrificing so many innocents for a political maneuver. While reading, I found myself wondering about many recent events in American history that perhaps have been explained in a manner that make it easier to swallow? I think I will be asking "why" more often... and not just "what"... ( the 'why' takes more than 140 characters!)

Feb 24, 2017

OK, so now Satter can look into the events surrounding 9/11 and do Real News reporting in America . . . for a change!

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