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 It comprises unpublished fabric from personal US diplomatic cables, published final yr via WikiLeaks, which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state".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.