Mafia State: Spies, Surveillance and Russia's Secret Wars

By Luke Harding

In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take in a brand new activity as a correspondent for the British newspaper the "Guardian". inside months, mysterious brokers from Russia's Federal protection provider - the successor to the KGB - had damaged into his flat. He stumbled on himself tailed by way of males in reasonable leather-based jackets, bugged, or even summoned to Lefortovo, the KGB's infamous felony. The break-in was once the start of a rare mental warfare opposed to the journalist and his family members. Vladimir Putin's spies used strategies built by means of the KGB and perfected within the Nineteen Seventies through the Stasi, East Germany's sinister mystery police. This clandestine crusade burst into the open in 2011 while the Kremlin expelled Harding from Moscow - the 1st western reporter to be deported from Russia because the days of the chilly conflict. "Mafia kingdom: How One Reporter turned an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia" is an excellent and haunting account of the insidious tools utilized by a resurgent Kremlin opposed to its so-called "enemies" - human rights employees, western diplomats, newshounds and competition activists. It comprises unpublished fabric from personal US diplomatic cables, published final yr via WikiLeaks, which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state". Harding provides a distinct, own and compelling portrait of contemporary Russia, 20 years after the tip of communism, that reads like a undercover agent mystery.

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I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

By John Mole

From the best-selling writer of it is all Greek to Me! comes a wild story of existence and company within the courageous new Russia. John Mole went to hunt his fortune within the New Russia revolution along with his tremendous proposal of establishing British baked potato eating places to rival McDonald's and Pizza Hut, and got here again with the rights for a innovative biotechnology for cleansing pollution. In among he tangled with fantasists and scientists, Stalinists and Tolkeinists, hopeful oligarchs and hopeless biznismyen, A"muggers and, eventually, the mafia. occasionally sinister, usually hilarious and consistently attention-grabbing, this publication is a Russian ceremonial dinner from caviar to samovar.

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The Russian Civil War 1918-22 (Essential Histories)

By David Bullock

The Russian Civil battle used to be an important occasion of its sort within the twentieth century. It replaced the lives of over part one thousand million humans and dramatically formed the political, human and monetary geography of Europe, the a long way East and relevant Asia. Over a tempestuous four-year interval the Communist purple military and the loosely shaped, anti-Bolshevist White military battled in a battle that may absolutely remodel the enormous Eurasian heartland and bring about Communist revolutions all over the world in addition to the chilly conflict. David Bullock bargains a clean standpoint in this clash, analyzing the forces of each side, the intervention of non-Russian forces, together with American, Canadian, British, and jap troops, and the involvement of girl infantrymen and partisans.

The army tale of massed infantry and cavalry activities, mechanized conflict with tanks, armored vehicles and trains, and air strive against, all alongside speedily moving fronts, is informed opposed to the remarkable backdrop of political and social revolution. it really is an account that's interwoven with tragedy - 30 million humans died through the Civil warfare - and the writer skillfully locations the battles within the context of human affliction as he explores the harsh sacrifice of an immense inhabitants at the altar of political power.

The soaking up textual content contains dramatic first-hand debts, and is vividly illustrated with rigorously chosen formerly unpublished images. This new perception into history's most vital civil conflict, which started ninety years in the past, can be welcomed by means of all scholars of background looking a compact account of the clash that introduced into being a brand new superpower - the USSR - and its threatening ideology.

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A Russian Psyche: The Poetic Mind of Marina Tsvetaeva

By Alyssa W. Dinega

Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva's strong poetic voice and her tragic existence have frequently triggered literary commentators to regard her as both a martyr or a monster. Born in Russia in 1892, she emigrated to Europe in 1922, again on the top of the Stalinist Terror, and devoted suicide in 1941. This paintings makes a speciality of her poetry, rediscovering her as a significant philosopher with a coherent inventive and philosophical imaginative and prescient.

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Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin

By Neal Bascomb

The real tale of the deadliest naval mutiny in history

In 1905, after being served rancid meat, greater than 700 Russian sailors mutinied opposed to their officials aboard what was once then some of the most robust battleships on this planet. Theirs was once a lifestyles slightly worthy dwelling -- a lifetime of tough exertions and sour oppression, an lifestyles, in its hopelessness and injustice, now not in contrast to that of many of the operating category in Russia on the time. definitely their uprising got here as no shock. nonetheless, opposed to any moderate odds of good fortune, the sailors-turned-revolutionaries, led via the charismatic firebrand Matyushenko, risked their lives to take keep an eye on of the send and fly the pink flag of revolution. What used to be a violent port-to-port chase that spanned 11 harrowing days and got here to represent the Russian revolution itself.

A pulse-quickening tale that alternates among the opulent courtroom of Nicholas II and the razor’s-edge rigidity aboard the Potemkin, pink Mutiny is a story threaded with impressive experience, epic naval battles, heroic sacrifices, treachery, bloodlust, and a rallying cry of freedom that will steer the process the 20 th century. it's also a good paintings of scholarship that attracts for the 1st time at the Soviet records to shed new gentle in this seminal occasion in Russian and naval history.

For readers of Tom Clancy's Hunt for pink October and Nathaniel Philbrick's within the center of the ocean, Neal Bascomb's gripping experience at sea is the tale of braveness, the ability of rules, and the delicate nature of alliance.

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Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America

By Robert I. Friedman

"In North the US on my own there are actually thirty Russian crime syndicates working in at the very least seventeen U.S. towns, so much particularly big apple, Miami, San Francisco, l. a., and Denver. The Russians have already pulled off the most important jewellery heist and coverage Medicare frauds in American background, with a internet haul exceeding $1 billion. they've got invaded North America's monetary markets, orchestrating advanced inventory scams, allegedly laundering billions of greenbacks throughout the financial institution of latest York, and coolly infiltrating the enterprise and genuine property worlds.

"The Russians did not come right here to benefit from the American dream," long island country tax agent Roger Berger says glumly. "They got here the following to scouse borrow it." -From the creation From an award-winning investigative journalist comes an stunning exposi of Russian prepared crime, its becoming energy within the usa, and its terrifying implications for the remainder of the area.

In the prior decade, from Brighton seashore to Moscow, Toronto to Hong Kong, the Russian mob has turn into the world's fastest-growing legal superpower. Trafficking in prostitutes, heroin, and missiles, the mafiya poses an important risk to international balance and safeguard. The black-market corruption of the Brezhnev period proved the right breeding floor for prepared crime. starting within the Nineteen Seventies, Soviet ?migr?s--including a lot of felons and murderers the USSR was once chuffed to get rid of--began arriving within the usa and quick demonstrated themselves as an enormous legal strength in long island, Las Vegas, and somewhere else. however it was once the breakup of the Soviet Union that made the

Russian mob what it's at the present time. In a weakened, impoverished Russia, it speedy grew to become the dominant strength. And it has now unfold to each nook of the U.S., infiltrating its banks and brokerage firms--and American legislation enforcement is simply waking as much as this huge, immense challenge. No journalist on the planet is aware extra in regards to the Russian mob in the US than Robert Friedman. At nice chance to himself, he has made connections with a few best criminals who've long gone on list approximately their actions for the 1st time. the results of his discoveries is a revelation: the pink Mafiya is in all places. The implications--for legislations enforcement, the economic climate, overseas coverage, for the yankee humans themselves--are staggering."

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Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk, The Turning Point of World War II

By Dennis E. Showalter

Certainly one of America’s such a lot unusual army historians bargains the definitive account of the best tank conflict of worldwide battle II—an epic conflict of machines and males that matched the indomitable will of the Soviet pink military opposed to the amazing may of the Nazi Wehrmacht.
 
whereas the conflict of Kursk has lengthy captivated global warfare II aficionados, it's been unjustly neglected via historians. Drawing at the plenty of latest info made to be had through the hole of the Russian army files, Dennis Showalter finally corrects that mistakes. This conflict used to be the serious turning aspect on global warfare II’s japanese entrance. within the aftermath of the crimson Army’s brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes couldn't were better. greater than 3 million males and 8 thousand tanks met within the middle of the Soviet Union, a few 400 miles south of Moscow, in an stumble upon that either side knew may reshape the struggle. The adversaries have been on the height in their respective powers. On each side, the generals and the dictators they served have been in contract on the place, why, and the way to struggle. the end result was once a livid loss of life grapple among of history’s so much ambitious struggling with forces—a conflict that may potentially were the best of all time.
 
In Armor and Blood, Showalter re-creates each point of this dramatic fight. He bargains specialist point of view on procedure and strategies on the maximum degrees, from the halls of strength in Moscow and Berlin to the battlefield command posts on either side. however it is the author’s exploration of the human size of armored strive against that really distinguishes this ebook. within the vintage culture of John Keegan’s The Face of Battle, Showalter’s narrative crackles with perception into the original dynamics of tank warfare—its impact on men’s minds in addition to their our bodies. Scrupulously researched, exhaustively documented, and vividly illustrated, this booklet is a chilling testomony to man’s skill to construct and to break.
 
while the dirt settled, the sphere at Kursk used to be not anything greater than a desert of metal carcasses, useless squaddies, and smoking particles. The Soviet victory ended German hopes of restoring their place at the japanese entrance, and placed the purple military at the street to Berlin. Armor and Blood offers readers with what's going to most likely be the authoritative examine of Kursk for many years to come.

Advance compliment for Armor and Blood
 
“The measurement and the brutality of the gigantic tank conflict at Kursk appalls, this fight that offers a particularly darkish desiring to that shopworn word ‘last complete measure.’ organize your self for a wild and feverish trip over the steppes of Russia. you could haven't any higher consultant than Dennis E. Showalter, who speaks with an expert equaled via few army historians.”—Robert Cowley, founding editor of MHQ: The Quarterly magazine of army History
 
“A clean, skillful, and whole synthesis of modern revelations approximately this well-known conflict . . . As a delusion buster, Armor and Blood is a must-read for these attracted to basic and armed forces history.”—David M. Glantz, editor of The magazine of Slavic army Studies

“Refreshingly crisp, pointed prose . . . all through, [Showalter] demonstrates his adeptness at interweaving discussions of big-picture technique with attention-grabbing revelations and anecdotes. . . . Showalter does his top paintings by way of maintaining his attractions set firmly at the conflict to hand, whereas additionally parsing the clash for advancements that will have far-reaching outcomes for the war.”Publishers Weekly

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One)

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn’s try to bring together a literary-historical list of the immense procedure of prisons and hard work camps that got here into being almost immediately after the Bolsheviks seized strength in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an important growth in the course of the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. a variety of sections of the 3 volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag’s sufferers by means of Soviet gurus over 4 many years. The paintings mingles historic exposition and Solzhenitsyn’s personal autobiographical debts with the voluminous own testimony of alternative inmates that he amassed and dedicated to reminiscence in the course of his imprisonment.Upon book of the 1st quantity of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn used to be instantly attacked within the Soviet press. regardless of the serious curiosity in his destiny that was once proven within the West, he used to be arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was once exiled from the Soviet Union the subsequent day.

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Two Captains

Captains is the main well known novel of the Russian author Veniamin Kaverin. The plot spans from 1912 to 1944. For greater than part a century the e-book has been enjoyed via little ones and adults alike. the radical has passed through greater than a hundred printings, together with translations into different languages. in accordance with its tale, performs were staged and an opera has been written. The plot of the publication additionally turned the foundation of 2 video clips of an identical identify in 1955 and 1976. In 1995 in Pskov, the house city of the writer, a monument used to be erected to the characters of the e-book and a "Two Captains" museum was once opened. the genuine prototype for Captain Tatarinov was once Lieutenant Georgii Brusilov, who in 1912 prepared a privately funded day trip looking a west-to-east Northern sea direction. The steamship "St. Anna," especially equipped for the excursion, left Petersburg on 28 July 1912. close to the beaches of Yamal peninsula it was once seized by means of ice and carried within the ice glide to the north of the Kara Sea. The excursion survived not easy winters. Of the 14 those that left the stranded steamship in 1914, in simple terms made it to 1 of the islands of Frants-Joseph Land and have been noticed and brought aboard "St. Foka", the send of the excursion of G. Y. Sedov. The send log that they had stored with them contained an important of the medical info, after the examine of which Sedov's day trip came upon the formerly unknown island within the Kara Sea, Vize Island. the last word destiny of "St.Anna" and its closing group remains to be unknown. Veniamin Kaverin (1902-1989) wrote novels, brief tales, fairy stories, memoirs, and biographies. within the early Twenties, Veniamin Kaverin used to be a member of experimental literary team "Serapionovi bratya". In 1946 his novel Captains turned the winner of the USSR country Literature Award.

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