Angus Roxburgh: The Strongman

A portrait of the Vladimir Putin from inside the Kremlin

Geoff Winestock

 

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
by Angus Roxburgh
I.B. Tauris (Palgrave Macmillan), $39.95 hb, 338 pp, 9781780760162

 

The Western stereotype of the Russian bear has been reborn over the past decade, and Vladimir Putin can take much of the credit. If Hollywood decides to make a movie of John Le Carré’s Smiley’s People, the Russian president, a German-speaking KGB officer, would make an excellent Carla, the master spy.

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Published in April 2012 no. 340
Geoff Winestock

Geoff Winestock

Geoff Winestock lived in Moscow during the Yeltsin era from 1992 to 1999, working as editor of the Moscow Times. He is a senior writer for the Australian Financial Review, based in Sydney.

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