Russia without Putin

Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the Cold War
Author: Tony Wood
Publisher: Verso Books, USA

RUSSIA: One day Putin will leave the Kremlin - but that will not change anything, writes Tony Wood in his book on power and continuity in today's Russia, in which he attacks several well-known myths.

Putin's opponents and supporters of an open democracy will probably think the title of Tony Wood's book on power in Russia is exciting - this is what is being called for from many anti-Kremlin demonstrations in Moscow, Khabarovsk, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. But the devil is in the details - Wood's tightly packed but easy - to - read dissertation is not a call to get rid of Putin - take a closer look at the subtitle, because the key word here is myths.

New York-based Wood is an editorial board member of the New Left Review, a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and a specialist in Russia and Latin America - countries with features that are compatible with a corrupt form of government. His central point is the influence of continuity on Russia's development, which he explores through chapters on Putin, money and power, the legacy of the Soviet past and the major shifts in politics since the Maidan revolution in Ukraina 2014, followed by the annexation of Crimea.

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Nick Holdsworth
Holdsworth is a writer, journalist and filmmaker.

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