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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Lionel Blackman reviews ‘The February 2015 Assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the Flawed Trial of His Alleged Killers’ by John B. Dunlop

26 January 2021 By Lionel Blackman Lionel Blackman reviews The February 2015 Assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the Flawed Trial of His Alleged Killers. An Exploration of Russia’s “Crime of the 21st…

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Lionel Blackman reviews ‘Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes’ edited by Karrie J. Koesel, Valerie J. Bunce, and Jessica Chen

13 January 2021 By Lionel Blackman Lionel Blackman reviews Citizens and the State in Authoritarian Regimes. Comparing China and Russia edited by Karrie J. Koesel, Valerie J. Bunce, and Jessica Chen Weiss. 344pp ISBN-9780190093488…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘Grey Bees,’ a novel by Andrei Kurkov

5 January 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews Grey Bees by Andrei Kurkov. Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk. 352pp ISBN-13: 9780857059369 (MacLehose Press, London, 2020) Andrei Kurkov’s latest book is about…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘Inhuman Land: Searching for the Truth in Soviet Russia 1941-1942’ by Józef Czapski.

5 November 2020 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews Inhuman Land: Searching for the Truth in Soviet Russia 1941-1942 by Józef Czapski. Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones with an introduction…

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Monique van Ravenstein reviews Catherine Belton’s ‘Putin’s People. How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West’

29 October 2020 By Monique van Ravenstein Monique van Ravenstein reviews Putin's People. How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West by Catherine Belton, William Collins,…

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Sarah Hurst reviews ‘Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, from Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia’ by Dan Kaszeta

22 October 2020 By Sarah Hurst Sarah Hurst reviews: Toxic: A History of Nerve Agents, from Nazi Germany to Putin’s Russia by Dan Kaszeta, Hurst Publishers, London, 2020, 404pp, ISBN…

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