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Kremlin Winter

Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin

Robert Service



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14 October 2020
Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics since Boris Yeltsin relinquished the presidency in his favour in May 2000. He served two terms as president, before himself relinquishing the post to his prime minister, Dimitri Medvedev, only to return to presidential power for a third time in 2012.

Putin's rule, whether as president or prime minister, has been marked by a steady increase in domestic repression and international assertiveness. Despite this, there have been signs of liberal growth and Putin - and Russia - now faces a far from certain future.

In Kremlin Winter, Robert Service, acclaimed biographer of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky and one of our finest historians of modern Russia, brings his deep understanding of that country to bear on the man who leads it. He reveals a premier who cannot take his supremacy for granted, yet is determined to impose his will not only on his closest associates but on society at large. It is a riveting insight into power politics as Russia faces a blizzard of difficulties both at home and abroad.
By:   Robert Service
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   316g
ISBN:   9781509883059
ISBN 10:   1509883053
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   14 October 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and of St Antony's College, Oxford. He has written several books, including the highly acclaimed Lenin: A Biography, Russia: Experiment with a People, Stalin: A Biography and Comrades: A History of World Communism, as well as many other books on Russia's past and present including Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin. Trotsky: A Biography was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize. Married with four children, he lives in London.

Reviews for Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin

Service is too good a historian to attempt to string Putin's actions into a coherent strategy. Rather, he offers a portrait of a leader cobbling together response to a series of crisis. -- Owen Matthews * Times Literary Supplement * [A] Nuanced account of Putin in power -- Victor Sebestyen * Financial Times * A masterful portrait of Putin and Russia -- Jack Coleman * Daily Telegraph * Substantial, well-documented . . . One of our most accomplished, erudite and prolific historians of modern Russia. -- Rodric Braithwaite * New Statesman * The book has many qualities, not least in ambitious breadth, covering domestic politics, foreign policy, economics and military matters . . . makes for comprehensive introductory reading for those new to the subject. And in the way of any good book, it will be provocative for those already well versed in it. * Literary Review * Robert Service, our pre-eminent Kremlinologist, does not offer a lot of new gossip about Putin. He does not believe in demonising the Russian leader. Rather, in a piece of superb analysis, he sets out how Putin the man was swallowed up by the machine he created. * The Times *

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