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From Russia with Blood

Putin'S Ruthless Killing Campaign and Secret War on the West

Heidi Blake

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Harper Collins
19 November 2019
True crime; History; Political corruption
The explosive, untold story of how Russia mastered the art and science of targeted assassination 'A real life thriller, packed with characters that even John le Carre couldn't dream of. If this doesn't scare you, then you're not paying attention.' Oliver Bullough They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin.

In From Russia With Blood, multi-award-winning investigative journalist Heidi Blake unflinchingly documents the growing web of Russian-linked deaths on British and American soil, tracking the men who lived and died in the Kremlin's crosshairs from London's high-end night clubs to Miami's million-dollar hideouts, and following a trail of increasingly savage attacks onto the streets of Salisbury, where the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a deadly nerve agent in 2018.

Working with bags of crime scene evidence, hundreds of thousands of pages of exclusive documents, surveillance footage, classified intelligence briefings, forensically restored phones and computers, and hundreds of insider interviews, Blake bravely exposes how Russia's killing campaign fits into Putin's pursuit of global dominance - and why Western governments have failed time and again to stop the bloodshed.

This heart-stopping international investigation - written with the page-turning pace and chilling narrative of a thriller - reveals one of the most important and terrifying stories of our time.
By:   Heidi Blake
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9780008300067
ISBN 10:   0008300062
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   19 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Heidi Blake is BuzzFeed's UK Investigations Editor. Her multi-award winning team of reporters has uncovered explosive evidence of 14 Russian assassinations on British soil, widespread match-fixing at the top of world tennis, the identities of two masked ISIS executioners responsible for dozens of beheadings, money laundering by the Conservative Party's biggest financial backer, rampant corruption in Britain's prisons, deliberate customer abuse by the UK's biggest bank, and the use of hundreds of illegal raids by Britain's leading crime agency. Heidi was previously Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times, attached to the Insight investigations team, where her work on corruption at FIFA helped bring down Sepp Blatter. She is the co-author of The Ugly Game (Scribner, 2015), a devastating account of the Qatari plot to buy the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and has won 18 national and international media awards including Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning and Investigative Journalism. She was named Digital Journalist of 2016 by the London Press Club and ranked on last year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list of the most influential young media professionals in Europe.

Reviews for From Russia with Blood: Putin'S Ruthless Killing Campaign and Secret War on the West

'Brilliantly and bravely researched, this book lays bare the brutal and murderous truth that lies at the core of Putin's Russia.' Jon Snow 'A real life thriller, packed with characters that even John le Carre couldn't dream of. If this doesn't scare you, then you're not paying attention.' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland 'One reads From Russia With Blood with a mix of delightful dread and serious unease. This book is, on the one hand, a thrilling detective story. On the other it whispers worrying things about Britain's vulnerability. Entertaining and urgent in one go' Peter Pomerantsev 'With groundbreaking reporting, riveting stories, and layers of intrigue, From Russia With Blood unravels Vladimir Putin's web of violence and intimidation, and adds essential detail to our understanding of the lengths the Russian government will go to silence its critics' Ben Rhodes, former White House National Security Advisor and author of NY Times bestseller The World As It Is 'A spellbinding and heart-in-your-throat true story of Russian money and serial killing by agents of the Russian state in London ... In addition to being an unputdownable story, her shocking expose will hopefully change the way the British authorities act on crimes emanating from Russia in the future.' Bill Browder, author of Red Notice 'Riveting, exhaustively researched ... Reminds us that tangling with Vladimir Putin, no matter where, can be a deadly game.' Amy Knight, author of Putin's Killers


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