By Mikhail Zygar
All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintended king and a court docket uncontrolled. in response to an extraordinary sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this publication offers a extensively varied view of energy and politics in Russia. similar to Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as a substitute is a weary figurehead buffeted--if no longer controlled--by the lads who without delay suggest and lie to him.
The neighborhood governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable gadgets, way more strong of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who safeguard the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend upon him. The tenuous edifice is full of the entire intrigue and plotting of a Medici court docket, as enemies of the nation are invented and wars all started to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.
A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a stunning revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a blinding reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers operating riot.
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