Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

Fragile Empire How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin A lively inside account of Putin s years of rule and the impending crisis that threatens his tsar like regime From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East journalist Ben Judah has travelle

  • Title: Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin
  • Author: Ben Judah
  • ISBN: 9780300205220
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • A lively, inside account of Putin s years of rule and the impending crisis that threatens his tsar like regime From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putin s friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, busiA lively, inside account of Putin s years of rule and the impending crisis that threatens his tsar like regime From Kaliningrad on the Baltic to the Russian Far East, journalist Ben Judah has travelled throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics, conducting extensive interviews with President Vladimir Putin s friends, foes, and colleagues, government officials, business tycoons, mobsters, and ordinary Russian citizens Fragile Empire is the fruit of Judah s thorough research a probing assessment of Putin s rise to power and what it has meant for Russia and her people Despite a propaganda program intent on maintaining the clich of stability, Putin s regime was suddenly confronted in December 2011 by a highly public protest movement that told a different side of the story Judah argues that Putinism has brought economic growth to Russia but also weaker institutions, and this contradiction leads to instability The author explores both Putin s successes and his failed promises, taking into account the impact of a new middle class and a new generation, the Internet, social activism, and globalization on the president s impending leadership crisis Can Russia avoid the crisis of Putinism Judah offers original and up to the minute answers.

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    1. Ben Judah

      Ben Judah was born in London He studied at Oxford University and has travelled widely in Russia and Central Asia His writing has featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Evening Standard and Standpoint His first book, Fragile Empire, was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

    966 thoughts on “Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin”

    1. "Who gives a fuck about the motherland? There is no fucking motherland."-Anonymous Russian peasant, Birobidzhan OblastPutin has attempted to centralize control of the state and seize control of Russia's destiny. He has succeeded in sweeping aside his most immediate enemies, forming alliances with the new rich and social conservatives, and establishing a televised propaganda apparatus. The massive growth of the oil industry has granted the appearance of an economic miracle, with the benefits of g [...]


    2. The author explains well the rise, and let us call it the beginning of the demise of Vladimir Putin. He delineates that with the collapse of the Soviet empire in the 1990’s Russia went through, in days and months, massive sociological and cultural upheavals. The vast majority of Russians wanted the stability that Putin promised and to some extent implemented.He did this in a series of steps. First he emasculated the TV media. Television stations in the early 2000’s became state controlled. S [...]


    3. As Vladimir Putin denies the Russian presence in the current Ukrainian crisis, but at the same time makes statements that he “could take Kiev in two weeks,” and that the world needs to remember that Russia is a nuclear power one wonders how we got here. President Obama’s threats of further sanctions against Russia seem to accomplish little as European allies do not have the stomach to hit the Russians where it would hurt the most, their energy sector. As Russian troops invaded eastern Ukra [...]


    4. This book was a very good overview of the rise and fall of Putin politics. It would have gotten four stars if not for two annoying writing tics:1. It is not necessary, and is actually a mark of poor writing and lack of faith in your reader's intelligence, to continually attempt to underscore the poverty and failure of the Russian state by comparing it to random statistics re: developing countries. The first couple of times I was like 'OK, I get it' but 75% of the way through the book why are you [...]


    5. Impressive book. Not the fastest read out there, but definitely worth your while if you want to understand "the thing" about Putin. The structure of this book really… makes me feel nervous. As in, if I were to write something like this on a similar topic, I would be panicking and writing stuff simultaneously all over the place and, most likely, end up with chaos, repeating myself endlessly.The author, however, pulls it off spectacularly. Every chapter fits in where it is, every story is correc [...]


    6. Хороша книжка, без надмірного пафосу і з пристойною глибиною аналізу. Корисно почитати, щоб краще зрозуміти як Росія дійшла до такого стану, що, зрештою, весь цей процес був досить логічним і в достатній мірі передбачуваним. Цікаво також було відчути певний дискомфорт від у [...]


    7. Interesting, different from many other book on the topic since this also covers the outside-Moscow perspective. If you want to have a non-western perspective on the protests then this sure is the book for you.


    8. 2.5 Stars. Although there are a few valuable nuggets in the book, I feel the majority of the material is questionable. The author states that he interviewed "thousands" of Russians, but only references a handful. In addition, he makes sweeping conclusions (over and over again) without firm foundations. I found the exploration of Putin's childhood interesting, and I agree with the author that Putin is a fearful, deeply insecure man. On the other hand, I cannot agree with the author when he states [...]


    9. Great descriptions and interpretations of Russian points of view from outside Moscow and great instruction about Kadyrov vs. Kremlin siloviki (probably germane to Putin's recent disappearance and Nemtsov hit). Author also succeeds at articulating what is missing in Russian political life and prescription for future. Exhaustive travels, daring, honest and fluent. Keen observer. Don't agree with that Russia was out of love with Putin a few years back. Author seems to draw conclusions by talking wi [...]


    10. A fascinating story in desperate need of an editor. Despite its rambling length and disheveled state of editorial disarray, I couldn't stop reading it because Russia is a fascinatingly fucked up self-destructive place. It appears there's no hero anywhere in the country. All the players are flawed in various ways, although perhaps noble in other ways, including Putin.


    11. read this book if you want to know what real russian federation looks like today. i was shocked and sad. shocked because this is indeed a very fragile country, and you don't read about it in the news. sad because looks like it is nowhere near changing for good, rather for worse.


    12. An excellent 2013-published book on last two decades history of Russian society and politics. In particular, the chapters of 'Moscow is not Russia', 'Moscow the Colonialist' and 'Chinese Nightmares' are outstanding.


    13. a very good read on the topic. the language is clear and understandable. the book is full of interesting narratives, but although it is very diverse judahs young age leads to a book full of stories rather than a coherent overview. must read for russia experts though.




    14. Моя рецензія, а радше міркування з приводу книги, за посиланням: uamoderna/blogy/danilo-sud


    15. This is a very well researched study of Russia under Vladimir Putin. Always concerned with the political angle of this modern day Tsar, Judah studies the rise of Putin from a relatively unflattering career in the FSB through to him becoming an immovable rock in the Kremlin. Putin's early years are interesting and I enjoyed the reminiscences of his early teachers. His whole calculated rise through the Russian political structure always displays a calculating and cool yet opportunistic politician. [...]



    16. This was a very interesting description of Russia's recent political history, with the focus on Putin - how he came to power in a unique climate, his successes and his mistakes.


    17. This is perhaps the best post-Soviet Russia material that I've read so far. It has a different feel to the others I've read which is usually highly opinionated or exclusively written from Western perspective (with heavy Western bias). Fragile Empire was written with clear analysis, from how Putin was created, how Putinism works with its "Vertical of Power" and "Dictatorship of Law". It tells us how the regime gained legitimacy with positive aspects like genuine market and bureaucratic reforms, a [...]


    18. A quite brilliant and up-to-date observance of Vladimir Putin, how he came to power in Russia, and what are his plans.Written before the recent Ukraine and Crimean adventure, the author nonetheless spells out the direction Putin was taking.The overall picture is that Putin has created a modern day monarchy (I think I mean the Russian Imperial Romanov family (Tsar Nicholas II) without the need for the blood line. It is like the Communist Party inner circle, without all the rigamarole of having to [...]


    19. This is the book that first hooked my interest about modern Russian history and politics, as well as the rule and life of Putin.As the first book that sparked my interest, I'm going to be biased towards it. Still, I highly rate it, and that fact that it did manage to get me interested in a whole new subject (newish, I was a politics undergraduate when I first read it) has got to be a point in its favour. This book covers a vast area, both thematically and geographically, and is never dull. There [...]


    20. It's like Ben Judah has opened the lid of this gigantic black box called Russia and has uncovered the state of affairs inside this complicated structure being led by an enigma called Putin. Things seem much clearer after every chapter. The fact that the author has interviewed all kinds of people from all across the country, has even traveled the trans-Siberian to interview villagers in the easternmost edges of Russia, helps a non-Russian to understand the state of the people in a much better way [...]


    21. Judah’s central thesis isn’t quite the retread of worn-out cliches about the Russian president as a manipulative, all-powerful dictator that one finds in Masha Gessen’s Man Without a Face or countless other biographies. In fact, he believes that Putin has failed to build a strong, centralized system and as a result, both his personal political authority and the integrity of the state he runs is under threat.I did not expect to accept this argument wholesale, and I did not, but I don’t co [...]


    22. This book is not journalism or history; it is a political polemic. The first 50 pages or so are mostly reasonable, then it descends into opinion that sounds much like what you would get from any member of the Russian opposition. I'm not saying he's wrong (although speaking from 2016 I don't think the Russians have fallen out of love with Putin, exactly, after Crimea, Ukraine, and Syria) but he's definitely not worth reading if you want to be seriously and rigorously informed about what happened [...]


    23. The book is definitely a good source of information about modern Russia and its political landscape. Some parts of it, like the story of the rise and fall of oligarchs, in particular Mikhail Khodorkovsky, couldn't have been written better. However, its main conclusion, namely the decline of the Putin empire declared by the author, turned out to be premature. In the years following the publication of this book the "Russian bear" adopted strategies which consolidated it power internally and cast a [...]


    24. A very interesting book that details the state of Russia and it's relationship with Putin. The author talks about a number of first hand conversations, outlines Putin's rise to power, his personality and his strategy to maintain power. I thought the first person stuff about his travels throughout the entire country were additive to making you feel Ben Judah put the time in. He covers a variety of topics (ie. various opposition parties, the caucasus, Pussy Riot, fear of the Chinese. vigilante jus [...]


    25. The book was way too long and the writing needed a little polishing. The author was fairly young when he wrote it so it's understandable, but having read numerous other books on the rise of Putin which cover the same time period and subject matter, this book seemed far weaker. The author focuses a lot on navalny and the protests in bolotnaya square against Putin in 2011-2012, but if you want to learn about this period of Putin politics I think there are better books to look at, notably masha ges [...]


    26. Quite well written. One quote on India stood out: "It is clear that the Russians of Siberia do not feel themselves the 'bear' of European imagination, but a tiny nation on an enormous and weakly defended territory atop the teeming masses of Asia. They feel more like a huge Mongolia, a sparsely populated and easily overrun territory inhabited by a backward tribe, towards the new China, than a small India, a fallen-behind peer competitor who smarts at being overtaken."


    27. 2.5 stars here. First half of the book was very interesting! I really enjoyed reading about how Vlad came power and then consolidated it! The second half of the book became a bit wishy-washy! Loads of circumstantial anecdotes without any merit! All in it was a good book!


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