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Author Felʹshtinskiĭ, ︠I︡Uriĭ, 1956-

Title The age of assassins : the rise and rise of Vladimir Putin / Yuri Felshtinsky & Vladimir Pribylovsky.

Published London : Gibson Square, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  323.490947 FELS    AVAILABLE
Physical description 317 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-314) and index.
Contents 1. War of the KGB Clans -- 2. St Petersburg Mafia and Chekists -- 3. Moscow Fleshpots -- 4. The Russian Pinochet -- 5. Putin's Kremlin -- 6. The Magic Wand -- 7. Vertical Democracy -- 8. The Self-Censor -- 9. Where Are the Bodies? -- 10. Rewards for Old Friends.
Summary "In The Age of Assassins, Yuri Felshtinsky presents a controversial new account of what followed when Vladimir Putin became the second Russian secret-service officer ever to lead the nation. Based on five years of research, Felshtinsky tells the story of how a ruthless secret corporation of up to 300 top spies claimed the largest country in the world. Linked through covert joint-shareholdings and key Kremlin positions, its board exploits the Russian population with a brutal self-interest not seen since Europe's East-India companies." "How did Vladimir Putin amass a fortune larger than oligarchs such as Roman Abromovich? For whom was dictator Pinochet a guiding example? What will Russia be like after Putin? Why was Dmitri Medvedev, the legal architect of secret joint-ventures between Putin's St Petersburg department and convicted criminals, earmarked to become the next President of Russia? Why do the numbers of dead Russian voters fluctuate dramatically around elections?" "The answers lie with the Russian secret service - like the Gestapo and Waffen SS a merciless instrument of oppression that aims to control, subjugate, destroy and kill. Instituted by Lenin in 1917, its treacherous character proved indestructible after communism. Broken up by Yeltsin into smaller parts, its full powers were revived by Vladimir Putin during the eight years of his Presidency."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Pribylovskiĭ, Vladimir.
Subject Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-
Secret service -- Russia (Federation)
Spies -- Russia (Federation)
State-sponsored terrorism -- Russia (Federation)
Abuse of administrative power -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
ISBN 9781906142070 (hbk.)
1906142076 (hbk.)