The People Behind the Power

    Gregory Feifer

    Twelve 2014

    Hardback 384pp

    9781455509645   Product Code: 23942

    Steeped in authoritarianism, secrecy and corruption, Russia continues to baffle and frustrate the West. Why is it the way it is? Traversing this vast country from the violent Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, journalist Gregory Feifer interviews hundreds of people, from oligarchs to beggars on Moscow's streets, about everything from sex and vodka to Russia's relations with the world. What emerges is a picture of a society bursting with vitality under a tradition-bound leadership teetering on the verge of collapse. Slightly off-mint.

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