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Fragile Empire

How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

Ben Judah

(author)

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Despite a propaganda programme intent on maintaining the cliche of stability, Putin's regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a public protest movement that told a different side of the story. The author argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

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 cliche 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.
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Book publisherYale University Press
Publication date4 Feb 2014
FormatPaperback
Pages400
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