Kicking The Kremlin: Russia’s New Dissidents And The Battle To Topple Putin

Marc Bennetts
Oneworld, €17.25;
ebook, £8.54

Marc Bennetts, a British journalist who has lived in Moscow for 15 years, has a very specific perspective on Russia’s most famous modern-day political prisoners, Pussy Riot.

In this book, he uses the protest-punks as a prism to illuminate the new generation of Russian dissidents, disillusioned by the current regime and rallying in the guise of a hundred causes to make their fight against Putin’s power heard.

Bennetts illustrates case after case of power, protest and corruption, which can be felt, he argues across the country and beyond.

The extension of anti-Putin sentiment stretches beyond the confines of the Kremlin, as the author demonstrates, travelling to the Black Earth region to meet those who too have been compelled to fight back and to other communities where formerly opposing people, crowds of hard-right and hard-left, meet over common causes.

This book gives a fascinating peek at the shifting political landscape in one of the world’s most opaque nations.


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