(E–pub/Pdf) [Kremlin Rising Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution] AUTHOR Peter Baker


D his party My personal belief is that in 5 10 years you will no longer see Western missionaries allowed to live in RussiaI found a good xample of the censorship that the book talks about just yesterday One of the websites that I used to freuent for information on Chechnya and to chat with Caucasus peoples was shut down Kafkazcentercom was housed in Sweden where the Russian mbassy allegedly convinced Swedish authorities to raid their offices and confiscate their servers for inciting terrorism The site is very pro Islam and anti Russian authority You can find info on rebel attacks there that you won t see on any other news source It s back up and running for now on Lithuanian servers This is an xcellent analysis and presentation of the current state of Russian politics and society It is very comprehensive and accessible to readers who might not follow Russian current vents as closely as dorks like me I only wish I had read this closer to the beginning of my time in Russia It is common now to ask whether American Presidential candidates can handle Putin and the Chinese so it is of the greatest interest to see the mutual compliments given ach other by the Master Negotiator and the Russian potentate After all Putin xpressed admiration for Trump and since that is all that matters in his view Trump returned the compliment Which reminds me of the last time an American politician and Putin slapped ach other on the back when then President Bush saw into the Russian s soul calling him an honest straightforward man in public and one cool dude in private as Peter Baker and Susan Glasser reveal in Kremlin Rising Baker and Glasser implicitly make the case that Putin sized up and manipulated the American President by wearing a cross that he said was preserved when the Russian s dacha burned to the ground That of course was well before the Ukraine and Syria but not before Putin s tendencies toward authoritarian tendencies began to show not to mention the disregard for the fate of individual Russians foreshadowed by his initial indifference to the sinking of the submarine Kursk and later bungled rescue of its sailors Baker and Glasser weave back and forth between Putin s Moscow centered construction of what was Buried early on called managed democracy an oxymoron worthy of standing beside the Marxist centralized democracy perhaps as offspring and the individual citizens failing to reform the judiciary or the army attempting to teach young students orven just trying to survive conomically in a nation where businesses need protection The overall impression is that what Putin has sold the Russian people is a bargain in which they cede their rights which never took root during the corrupt Yeltsin years anyway for the protection that the strong man offers Yet in key moments that protective lement has failed not just with the submarine but in the government s approach to terrorist attacks on a theater in Moscow and a school in Beslan it seems like the least that a could ask of its government is not to respond to dire mergencies "in a way that ven bloodshed And by any measure of ffort to create "a way that causes ven bloodshed And by any measure of the to create modern nation a functioning democracy an independent judiciary media that is not an arm of the governing faction armed forces that don t brutalize their recruits almost as much as the nemy a public health system that actually seeks to prevent citizens from becoming ill and cares for them when they do the protection trade off has failed Not that the Yeltsin decade was much better if anything the failure of that regime to replace the Soviets with anything better than violence chaos and corruption is in some ways the best argument for Putin Baker and Glasser try to be fair they are skeptical of the oligarch and latter day democrat Mikhail Khodorkovsky and of the Yeltsin circle in general and note Putin s tentative nods and ventual retreats from judicial and army reform But the overall impression is of darkness gathering inventing as it goes along means of leashing the media rigging the lectoral system rewarding friends and punishing nemies a graceless but increasingly forceful show of strength in a world where that is the greatest value This is an image from after Kremlin Rising was published but I remember the long opening seuence of the Olympics which treated hammer and sickle as just another historical ra praising Russia s industrialization There was also a plea that Russians reverse their long demographic shrinkage Lenin noted that the Russian soldiers of the First World War I voted with their feet vidently their descendants are voting with their rates of reproduction and A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, emigration And the Games took place in Sochi the resort at which Putin could not be bothered to cut short his vacation during the Kursk crisis All that said thendurance of the Putin regime cannot be ascribed to manipulation the oil The Shadow Reader economy that has aided regimes from Chavez Venezuela to the Gulf states has given Putin both an argument for staying in power and a weapon against European states reliant on Russian gas That power for growthuation has been altered one would think for the worse by the current oil glut Thus in part the Ukraine and Syria. E brink where behind the gleaming new shopping malls all things Soviet are chic again and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies even high school students wonder if Lenin was right after all Kremlin Rising features the personal stories of Russians at all levels of society including frightened army deserters an imprisoned oil billionaire Chechen villagers a trendy Moscow restaurant king a reluctant underwear salesman and anguished AIDS patients in Siberia With shrewd reporting and unprecedented access to Putin's insiders Kremlin Rising offers both unsettling new revelations about Russia's leader and a compelling inside look at life in the land that he is building As the first major book on Russia in years it is anxtraordinary contribution to our understanding of the country and promises to shape the debate about Russia its uncertain future and its relationship with the United Stat. A revealing and provocative look at the developments going on in post Soviet Russia under Vladimir Putin As an aspiring scholar of Russia myself I was strongly impressed with the depth of the disturbing trends revealed by Baker and Glasser in this book The pair demonstrate the crackdown on democracy and free speech the brutality of the war in Chechnya the disturbing realities of the health and legal systems and the corruption rife in contemporary society in at times disturbing detail The book shows a Russia which is resurgent on the international stage but decaying from the inside out in terms of political institutions and public well being and shows a government increasingly willing to xplicitly lie to and deceive its own people for the sake of political xpediency A very readable book I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in what s going on in Russia today and how Putin s leadership for good or ill has transformed Russian society When I first received KREMLIN RISING as a gift I wasn t sure how useful I d find it at this point The material covered I d already read in other sources the chaos of the Yeltin The Power Of A Choice era Putin s moves to usurp the Russian constitution and to bring the oligarchs under his thumb and his disdain for democratic institutions and the West in general Still I delved into it wanting to see how Vladimir Putin and his ilk corrupted Russia at the source before spreading globallyI was very sorely mistaken Peter Baker and Susan Glasser did anxcellent job detailing what they saw during their time as correspondents for the Washington Post They were on the ground as Putin came into power reported as he xpanded the war in Chechnya and police powers aimed towards the populace watched as he did nothing while AIDS and opiate pidemics ravaged the nation and then ventually brought all would be challengers to his power to heel in true Soviet fashionOne of the key takeaways is in the later pages of the book when Putin is running for reelection Several people disagree with Putin s politics yet somehow inexplicably like him When the choices in the lection were Western style democrats or Putin the people interviewed overwhelmingly chose Putin due to the democrats being associated with Yeltsin and the chaos and banditry of his time Their The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right exposure to democracy and capitalism was one of uncontrolled crony capitalism and to a people who have known only authoritarianism for almost thentirety of their Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling existence thexperience was negative and foreignKREMLIN RISING is definitely must read material for those looking to Monsieur Pain educate themselves on foreign policy While itsvents firmly take place during the Bush Administration it shows that President Bush made mistakes that President Obama would later repeat and also shows that the writing was on the wall for what moves Putin would make next including the invasion of Crimea and Donbass and interfering in the 2016 US Presidential Elections It also further vindicates Mitt Romney s assessment in 2012 that Russia was the US s most pressing geopolitical threat an assessment of which President Obama would later see the validity and that President Trump would do well to acknowledge The Washington Post is my newspaper the one I grew up reading as a kid in the suburbs of Northern Virginia This book s authors were until a couple years ago the Post s Moscow bureau chiefs I remember reading the article versions of some of these chapters Anyway ven with a new Russian president lect set to take the reigns in a few months the book s xploration of Putin s tactics remains relevant The writing is crisp and offers both insight and interesting trivia It s one thing to read about vents the sinking of the Kursk in the form of newspaper articles "the of the Kursk in the form of newspaper articles another to get the detailed behind the scenes action of such an vent a bit like the difference between snapshots and movies I look forward to the seuel which will likely fall on the shoulders of the Post s latest Moscow bureau chief Peter Finn For those of us in the West and in its former satellites who cheered the demise of the Soviet Union it may be hard to make sense of Russia s current political tragectory But for those poor folks who saw their proud Empire turn into a chaotic mess under Yeltsin s xperiments in Democracy and market Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. economics the brittle authoritarianism of Putin has its benefits If you want to know what s up in Russia since the rise of Putin you should read this book A Soviet premier he is not but neither is he a democrat His country is not a police state yet The future will tell where it will go Suffice it to say that Russia has suffered under autocrats for 10 centuriesndured horrible famines devastating invasions revolutionary upheavals and blood chaos and oppresion that probably any other country It s future doesn t look much brighter It s particularly interesting to read this book 10 years after it s original publication Looking back what we have seen since the key tenets of managed democracy were introduced by Putin during 2000 2005 has been a stagnation of a system whose pillars have ffectively been in place for a decade now Russians have on the whole been accepting of this way of being ruled by In the tradition of Hedrick Smith's The Russians Robert G Kaiser's Russia The "People and the Power and David Remnick's Lenin's Tomb comes an louent and ye opening chronicle of Vladimir Putin's Russia from " and the Power and David Remnick's Lenin's Tomb comes an louent and Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, eye opening chronicle of Vladimir Putin's Russia from generation's leading Moscow correspondents With the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union Russia launched itself on a fitful transition to Western style democracy But a decade later Boris Yeltsin's handpicked successor Vladimir Putin a childhood hooligan turned KGB officer who rose from nowhere determined to restore the order of the Soviet past resolved to bring annd to the revolution Kremlin Rising goes behind the scenes of contemporary Russia to reveal the culmination of Project Putin the secret plot to reconsolidate power in the Kremlin During their four years as Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post Peter Baker and Susan Glass. ,
Heir government Certain borders have been reached in the way that for Il morto di Maigret example freedom ofxpression is curtailed media controlled law treated as an instrument for the furthering of government s interest in for xample the selective use of punishment for corruption all as a means of control In reality the government has not been ncroached much further on these points than it already was when this book went to press with other remaining freedoms such as internet access and freedom of travel left largely untouched The second instalment of this fascinating book may well have to be written soon however as a deteriorating Russian conomy a restless conomic Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition elite and a country looking at years of international isolation ahead including from their nearest neighbours such as Georgia previously and now Ukraine take their burden on an ageing Putin and his outdated system Should the pressure mount it s an interesting uestion as to whether Putin would introduce liberal reforms to allow society to let off some steam or double down against any opposition As someone always who at heart is a pragmatist rather than an ideolog it would be wrong to dismiss the chances of the formerAlluded to in the Afterword of the 2007dition the disinformation being spewed into the public domain about Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom external threats namely that Western liberal democracies are against Russia per se rather than against the authoritarian and illiberal bent of Putin s government will help prop up a corrupt regime for some years ahead Ultimately however as this book addresses only indirectly the system is sadly yet anotherxample of unsustainable and backward rule for Russia and the uestion is of when and not if the false dawn of Putinism makes way for the next chapter in this country s tumultuous history This book covers the current situation in Russia really well It is well written and written at a level that anyone can pick it up and read it without having background knowledge of Russia and her politics It is well researched it covers things I have read about in newspapers and other books and puts them in this one book I recommend this book as a place to turn to get up to speed on what is going on in Russia and with Russia s Sexual Secrets elections coming up a lot of people might want to read about thevents leading up to the lection Rude awakenings these watershed moments This outright interference Just when you think you ve got it under controlYou ve fired all the political holdovers in your government and replaced them with fellow FSB operatives guaranteed to share your world view You ve commandeered the media outlets not one issue is raised that you haven t approved You ve bounced those upstart oligarchs out of town You ve scorched the arth of Chechnya These charities these NGOs righteously xiled under suspicion of spionage Every single troublemaker is ither dead or on the run Democracy this chaotic idea like a wild horse you ve finally hobbled The clock is turning back so reassuringly to a familiar ideal to a place of safety Safe nough now to recover those territories that should never have been permitted to split apart Safe nough now to recover all that was lost Until "SOME IDIOT REBEL USES THAT MISSILE " idiot rebel uses that missile you so generously provided to shoot down a Malaysian passenger jetAnd now you ve got to remember that you don t own the media in the wider world and you re not in control of the investigation and there are many leaders with comparable resources and comparable powers who simply aren t those fellow FSB operatives willing to strong arm the facts and spin the realities for the greater Russian good And all the theories "you float to calm them down to alert "float to calm them down to alert to inform them to generate this palatable truth are sinking to the bottom of the bloody Black Sea You re actually being accused You re actually being chastisedHe must hate this world and the infuriating way it blocks him at very turnPeter Baker and Susan Glasser Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post from January 2001 to November 2004 present a highly accessible and ngaging account of Putin s rise to power and subseuent consolidation of same Here you will find a thumbnail bio the career path the lections The crises of the Kursk submarine the Beslan school and Moscow s Nord Ost theater tragedy are illuminated alongside Putin s disturbingly ineffective course of anti ngagement Chechnya AIDS the courts the malls the oil the censorship of television stations newspapers history books very forum of report and opinion all of this is touched upon Kremlin Rising is a fine primer for those interested in Putin s Russia Definitely a good place to start If you love Russia or know someone who does or have concern for someone who lives there then this book is for you A great record of what s happened in the last 6 years under Putin Things are getting worse and less free in Russia not better People who say the verdict is still out on Putin should probably read this book In the past few years most free speech has been virtually outlawed all TV media is now state owned oil and gas have been renationalized the uagmire in Chechnya has continued and all political parties and lections are now controlled by Putin an. Er witnessed firsthand the methodical campaign to reverse the post Soviet revolution and transform Russia back into an authoritarian state Their gripping narrative moves from the unlikely rise of Putin through the

key moments of 
moments of tenure that re centralized power into his hands from his decision to take over Russia's only independent television network to the Moscow theater siege of 2002 to the managed democracy lections of 2003 and 2004 to the horrific slaughter of Beslan's schoolchildren in 2004 recounting a four year period that has changed the direction of modern Russia But the authors also go beyond the politics to draw a moving and vivid portrait of the Russian people they ncountered both those who have prospered and those barely surviving and show how the political flux has shaped individual lives Opening a window to a country on th. ,
Kremlin Rising Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution