Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘Two Essays’ by Mark Solonin on the Soviet Union and the Second World War

17 January 2021 by Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Two Essays: Coming Up From Behind or How the Soviet Union Won the War; If World Domination is the Aim then…

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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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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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Has the ‘Cold War’ been succeeded by a metaphorical ‘Gold War’? Martin Dewhirst reviews Tom Burgis’ ‘Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World’

4 October 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews: Tom Burgis, Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World. William Collins, London, 2020.  xviii + 446 pp.  £20. Trying to…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews Luke Harding’s new book, ‘Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia’s Remaking of the West’

30 June 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Luke Harding, Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia's Remaking of the West, London, Guardian Faber, 2020.  £14.99p.  ISBN 978-1-783-35205-0. In his…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews an anthology of reminiscences by people who lived and worked in the Gulag and survived into their eighties

16 May 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Anna Artem'eva, Yelena Racheva, 58-ya. Ne''izyatoye: Istorii lyudey, kotorye perezhili to, chego my bol'she vsego boimsya. (The 58th. Still Relevant: Stories…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews Irina Flige’s new book about Sandormokh, the notorious site of mass executions during the Stalinist terror

14 January 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Irina Flige, Sandormokh: dramaturgiya smyslov (possible English translation: Sandarmokh: A Labyrinth of Meanings).  St. Petersburg, 'Nestor-Istoriya', 2019, 208 pp., 1,000 copies. Far…

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