Sam Greene is reader in Russian politics and director of the Russia Institute at King's College London. Graeme Robertson is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.
Putin v the People wrestles with perhaps the central conundrum of contemporary Russia: the endurance of support for Putin amid deepening disillusionment with the present and pessimism about the future. -Daniel Beer, The Guardian [A] very readable book -Martin Dewhirst, The Forum Groundbreaking research presented in a fresh and accessible style - this book, centering on the positive social and emotional responses of the Russian people to their autocratic political leadership, is a thought-provoking challenge to the cliches and stereotypes surrounding Vladimir Putin - Edward Lucas, author of The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West This egnagingly written book concentrates on ordinary Russians, meticulously tracking their reactions to a complex but fragile regime where opposition is significant if limited, and Putin and his people are surprisingly dependent on each other - Sir Rodric Braithwaite, author and British Ambassador in Moscow 1988-92 Challenging many conventional assumptions about contemporary Russian society, this fresh, original analysis offers paradoxically an explanation for why Putin is popular - but also why his position is fragile. - Michael McFaul, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Former US Ambassador to Russia A deep dive into the complexities of Russian society, Putin's popularity and the protest movement that rocked the Kremlin. - Arkady Ostrovsky, author of The Invention of Russia