In December 2013 David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled; "it was surprising it took so long". Satter is known in Russia for having written that the apartment bombings in 1999, which were blamed on Chechens and brought Putin to power, were actually carried out by the Russian FSB security police.
In this book Satter tells the story of the apartment bombings and how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, why Vladimir Putin was chosen as his sucessor, and how Putin has suppressed all opposition while retaining the appearance of a pluralist state. As the threat represented by Russia becomes increasingly clear, Satter's description of where Russia is and how it got there will be of vital interest to anyone concerned about the dangers facing the world today.
©2016 David Satter (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
You could hear the narrator swallowing his saliva into the microphone. Constantly. I wish he would have turned his head away. It was distracting and took away from an otherwise informative, although not shocking, book.
A must read for those interested in Russia, Putin's crimes and United States foreign policy.
"Ruined by the narration"
You would have thought that for your fee for doing the voice-over, you would learn how to pronounce the names of the characters and places that are described. But no, not this guy. Gratingly awful and inconsistent.
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