A Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, by Anna Politkovskaya

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By Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya, one among Russia’s so much fearless reporters, was once gunned down in a freelance killing in Moscow within the fall of 2006. in advance of her demise, Politkovskaya accomplished this searing, intimate list of existence in Russia from the parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the bleak summer time of 2005, while the state was once nonetheless reeling from the horrors of the Beslan college siege. In A Russian Diary, Politkovskaya dares to inform the reality concerning the devastation of Russia below Vladimir Putin–a fact all of the extra pressing given that her tragic demise.
Writing with unflinching readability, Politkovskaya depicts a society strangled by way of cynicism and corruption. because the Russian elections draw close to, Politkovskaya describes how Putin neutralizes or jails his competitors, muzzles the clicking, shamelessly lies to the public–and then secures a sham landslide that plunges the population into mass melancholy. In Moscow, oligarchs blow millions of rubles on nights of partying whereas Russian infantrymen freeze to loss of life. Terrorist assaults develop into virtually normal occasions. simple freedoms dwindle day-by-day.

And then, in September 2004, armed terrorists take greater than twelve hundred hostages within the Beslan tuition, and a distinct form of insanity descends.
In prose incandescent with outrage, Politkovskaya captures either the horror and the absurdity of existence in Putin’s Russia: She fearlessly interviews a deranged Chechen warlord in his fortified lair. She documents the numb grief of a mom who misplaced a baby within the Beslan siege and but clings to the fable that her son will go back domestic sometime. The miraculous ostentation of the recent wealthy, the glimmer of wish that incorporates the association of the social gathering of Soldiers’ moms, the mounting police brutality, the fathomless public apathy–all are woven into Politkovskaya’s devastating portrait of Russia today.

“If anyone thinks they could take convenience from the ‘optimistic’ forecast, allow them to do so,” Politkovskaya writes. “It is unquestionably the simpler method, however it is usually a demise sentence for our grandchildren.”

A Russian Diary is testomony to Politkovskaya’s ferocious refusal to take the simpler way–and the negative fee she paid for it. it's a remarkable, uncompromising exposé of a deteriorating society by means of one of many world’s bravest writers.

<u>Praise for Anna Politkovskaya</u>
“Anna Politkovskaya outlined the human moral sense. Her relentless pursuit of the reality within the face of possibility and darkness testifies to her exclusive position in journalism–and humanity. This ebook merits to be greatly read.”
–Christiane Amanpour, leader foreign correspondent, CNN

“Like all nice investigative journalists, Anna Politkovskaya introduced ahead human truths that rewrote the authentic tale. we'll proceed to learn her, and research from her, for years.”
–Salman Rushdie

“Suppression of freedom of speech, of expression, reaches its savage final within the homicide of a author. Anna Politkovskaya refused to lie, in her paintings; her homicide is a ghastly act, and an assault on international literature.”
–Nadine Gordimer

“Beyond mourning her, it might be extra seemly to recollect her via paying attention to what she wrote.”
–James Meek

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