The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult by Anna Arutunyan

By Anna Arutunyan

The Putin Mystique takes the reader on a trip in the course of the Russia of Vladimir Putin, named through Forbes journal in 2013 because the strongest guy on the earth. it's a neo-feudal global the place iPads, WTO club, and Brioni enterprise matches disguise an influence constitution instantly out of the center a long time, the place the Sovereign is perceived as either divine and demonic, the place a man’s riches are decided by way of his proximity to the Kremlin, and the place huge swathes of the population reside in precarious complacency interrupted by means of bouts of rebellion. the place does that sort of strength come from? the reply lies now not within the chief, yet within the humans: from the impoverished employee who appeals on to Putin for relief, to the businessmen, protection officials and officers in Putin’s usually dysfunctional govt who glance to their chief for guide and protection.

About the Author
Anna Arutunyan’s paintings has seemed in united states this day, The Christian technology computer screen, The state, overseas coverage in concentration, and The Moscow information, the place she is an editor and senior correspondent. She is writer of The Media in Russia (McGraw- Hill, 2009), and is the co-author (with Vladimir Shlapentokh) of Freedom, Repression and personal estate in Russia (Cambridge college Press, 2013). She has lectured on Russian energy, politics and media at Tampere collage in Finland and at Michigan kingdom University.

A bilingual Russian-American, she was once born within the Soviet Union in 1980 yet grew up and obtained her schooling within the usa. In 2002 she back to Moscow to jot down approximately Russia.

Anna Arutunyan lives in Moscow together with her husband and daughter

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By Anna Arutunyan

The Putin Mystique takes the reader on a trip in the course of the Russia of Vladimir Putin, named through Forbes journal in 2013 because the strongest guy on the earth. it's a neo-feudal global the place iPads, WTO club, and Brioni enterprise matches disguise an influence constitution instantly out of the center a long time, the place the Sovereign is perceived as either divine and demonic, the place a man’s riches are decided by way of his proximity to the Kremlin, and the place huge swathes of the population reside in precarious complacency interrupted by means of bouts of rebellion. the place does that sort of strength come from? the reply lies now not within the chief, yet within the humans: from the impoverished employee who appeals on to Putin for relief, to the businessmen, protection officials and officers in Putin’s usually dysfunctional govt who glance to their chief for guide and protection.

About the Author
Anna Arutunyan’s paintings has seemed in united states this day, The Christian technology computer screen, The state, overseas coverage in concentration, and The Moscow information, the place she is an editor and senior correspondent. She is writer of The Media in Russia (McGraw- Hill, 2009), and is the co-author (with Vladimir Shlapentokh) of Freedom, Repression and personal estate in Russia (Cambridge college Press, 2013). She has lectured on Russian energy, politics and media at Tampere collage in Finland and at Michigan kingdom University.

A bilingual Russian-American, she was once born within the Soviet Union in 1980 yet grew up and obtained her schooling within the usa. In 2002 she back to Moscow to jot down approximately Russia.

Anna Arutunyan lives in Moscow together with her husband and daughter

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Why do you think it was necessary to pull down a house for fuel? b What do you think the wood might be used for? c What insight does this photograph give you into ordinary people's lives during the Civil War? 3 Imagine you are Stalin. Explain why you did not allow Georgia or the Ukraine to keep their in­ dependence. a The cost of revolution The people had paid a high price for the revolution. Russia was in a terrible state by 1 92 1 . Think about these figures: Nobody knows exactly how many Russians died during the Civil War period.

B workers? c peasants? d school students? 2 Look at the photograph. Why did the Communists force the wealthy people to work like this? 3 Why did Lenin agree to the Treaty of B rest­ Litovsk? The dictatorship of the working class Civil War Trotsky addressing Red Army soldiers. M arx had written that after the revolution a temporary government of the working class would take charge. Its job would be to prevent the return of the old rulers and to set up the new society. In communist theory this phase was called the 'dictatorship of the working class ' .

Stalin had arrested the first lot of planners for setting the targets too low. Nowhere before in the world had a government tried to plan and predict a country 's development like this. The plan was written and organised by Gosplan, the state planning agency. Gosplan 's job was to organise everything from the smallest piece of clothing to the largest new factory. The focus of the plan was on industrial development. Industrial output was projected to increase by an incredible 1 80 per cent over five years.

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