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3 Nonfiction Books on Modern Russia in the NYT 1/17/2020

From Russia With Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake, 323 pages. "Blake's reporting - based on BuzzFeed investigations - helps expose the aims of a Mafia state in which the government is so intertwined with organized crime, they're best described as a unified organization".

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia by Joshua Yaffa, 356 pages. The author, a New Yorker magazine correspondent, profiles prominent figures in Putin's regime in Russia.

Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe by Rory MacLean, 343 pages. The author, a travel writer, retraces his steps across the crumbling Soviet bloc in 1989 as the Berlin Wall came down.

I haven't read them yet but they sound intriguing. I'm going to Russia, St. Petersburg & Moscow in Sept. I thought this could start a discussion!

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