A lively, inside account of Putin’s years of rule and the impending crisis that threatens his tsar-like regime
From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putin’s friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, business tycoons, mobsters, and ordinary Russian citizens. Fragile Empire is the fruit of Judah’s thorough research: a probing assessment of Putin’s rise to power and what it has meant for Russia and her people.
Despite a propaganda program intent on maintaining the cliché of stability, Putin’s regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a highly public protest movement that told a different side of the story. Judah argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability. The author explores both Putin’s successes and his failed promises, taking into account the impact of a new middle class and a new generation, the Internet, social activism, and globalization on the president’s impending leadership crisis. Can Russia avoid the crisis of Putinism? Judah offers original and up-to-the-minute answers.Baker & Taylor
A journalist who has traveled Russia--interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin's friends, foes and colleagues; government officials; business tycoons; mobsters; and ordinary Russian citizens--offers an account of Putin's years of rule and the impending crisis that threatens his tsar-like regime.Baker
Based on interviews with Putin's friends, foes, and colleagues; government officials; business tycoons; mobsters; and ordinary citizens, offers an account of the Russian president's rule and the impending crisis that threatens his regime.