By Mikhail Zygar
All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintentional king and a courtroom uncontrolled. according to an remarkable sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this publication offers a notably diversified view of energy and politics in Russia. similar to Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as a substitute is a weary figurehead buffeted--if no longer controlled--by the boys who immediately propose and misinform him.
The nearby governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable items, way more strong of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who defend the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend on him. The tenuous edifice is full of the entire intrigue and plotting of a Medici courtroom, as enemies of the kingdom are invented and wars began to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.
A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a stunning revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a stunning reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers working riot.
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All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar