"Politkovskaya's most searing critique of the Russian government to date."—The Guardian "In Putin's Russia, the country's most famous investigative journalist and most outspoken member of an increasingly enfeebled media establishment deploys her legendary blunt prose to great effect."—Andrew Osborn, The Independent
"Politkovskaya, an award-winning journalist for the Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta, makes no excuses for her dislike of Russian president Vladimir Putin and his leadership style, reminiscent of the late Soviet period. Over the past five years, Putin has strived to reverse the centrifugal forces that had acted upon political and state power in Russia during the Yeltsin years. And according to Politkovskaya, his most notorious ploy is the second Chechen war. But the war isn't the only factor in Russia's 'failing democracy.' Corruption at every level of government seems to be the order of the day. Politkovskaya provides anecdotal evidence of provincial oligarchs, corrupt judges, and dozens of horror stories from Muscovites and province dwellers. Politkovskaya has built an excellent case for her premise."—Vernon Ford, Booklist
Anna Politkovskaya (1958–2000) was a special correspondent for Novaya Gazeta. She was honored by Amnesty International and Index on Censorship, and received Russia's prestigious Golden Pen Award for her coverage of the war in Chechnya, as well as the 2005 Civil Courage Prize.