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I'm Going to Ruin Their Lives
Author: Marc Bennetts

ISBN: 9781780745244
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 27 April 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6
Description:
The disturbing reality of a political landscape where autocracy reigns and civil liberties are being crushed

Vladimir Putin's return to the Russian presidency amid mass protests in 2012 ushered in a ruthless crackdown on dissent. 'They ruined my big day, now I'm going to ruin their lives,' Putin was alleged to have threatened after demonstrators clashed with police on the eve of his inauguration for a controversial third term. Now Boris Nemtsov is dead, other key opposition leaders are either in prison or under house arrest and the Kremlin is using the war in Ukraine to further its domestic aims, encouraging the rise of violent pro-Putin groups and labelling protesters 'national traitors'.

Journalist and long-time Moscow resident Marc Bennetts examines how Russia's political opposition went from the heights of 2011's brave new protest movement to the disparate, broken-down force that it is today. Featuring rare interviews with everyone from Nemtsov and other protest leaders to Kremlin insiders, Bennetts provides an unprecedented insight into the realities of Russia's political arena. The result is a brillia...

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