Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People’ by Eliot Higgins

12 October 2021 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People by Eliot Higgins. Hardback. 272pp. £18. ISBN 9781526615756. (Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2021.) Late last…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘Hunt the Banker: The Confessions of a Russian Ex-Oligarch’ by Alexander Lebedev [translated by Arch Tait]

6 October 2021 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Hunt the Banker: The Confessions of a Russian Ex-Oligarch by Alexander Lebedev, translated from the Russian by Arch Tait.  Hardback. 256pp £20. …

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow’ by Karl Schlögel [translated from the German by Jessica Spengler]

22 September 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow by Karl Schlögel, translated from the German by Jessica Spengler. Hardback 220pp…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘The Spring Victory: Stalin’s Glossed Over Crime’ by Mark Solonin

7 September 2021 By Martin Dewhirst Mark Solonin,  The Spring Victory: Stalin’s Glossed Over Crime, translated from the Russian by David Loutit.  Independently Published, 2021, 121 pp., £6.50.  ISBN 9798519589222. Mark…

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Monique van Ravenstein reviews ‘Red Wave’ by Joanna Stingray

30 June 2021 By Monique van Ravenstein Monique van Ravenstein reviews Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground  by Joanna Stingray and Madison Stingray, Doppelhouse Press, 2020, pp. 416, Los Angeles,…

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Simon Cosgrove reviews ‘The Dissidents’ by Peter Reddaway: ‘A profound tribute to the moral imperative to speak out in the name of truth and human rights in a repressive society.’

17 June 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., 2020, ISBN: 9780815737735 The Dissidents is an absorbing memoir…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘In Memory of Memory’ by Maria Stepanova

31 May 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova. Translated by Sasha Dugdale. Paperback 448pp ISBN-978-1913097530 (Fitzcarraldo Editions, London, 2021) Published in Russian in 2017, Maria…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘The Return of the Russian Leviathan’ by Sergei Medvedev: “For anyone interested in contemporary Russia, this book is an invaluable guide and will leave you smiling through tears.”

18 March 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev. Translated by Stephen Dalziel. Hardback 250pp ISBN-9781509536047 (Polity, London, 2019) Last month the Russian political…

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“It was the actions of Russia that really put Bellingcat on the map.” Sarah Hurst reviews Eliot Higgins’ ‘We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People’

3 February 2021 by Sarah Hurst Sarah Hurst reviews: We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People, by Eliot Higgins, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2021, 272pp, ISBN 9781526615725. In the…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘Zuleikha’ by Guzel Yakhina: “The scenarist’s quest for a good story […] has romanticised a period that was by any measure dehumanising and brutal.”

28 January 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews Zuleikha by Guzel Yakhina. Translated by Lisa Hayden. Hardback 496pp ISBN-9781786073495 (Oneworld Publications, London, 2019) Guzel Yakhina graduated as a screenwriter from the Moscow…

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