Putin’s Russia

If you haven’t already read it, there’s no better time than now to catch up with Peter Pomerantsev’s brilliant portrait of Putin’s Russia, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible (Faber & Faber), which won last year’s RSL Ondaatje Prize for a book “evoking the spirit of a place”. Pomerantsev, who worked in television in Russia, was  told by producers: “The news is the incense by which we bless Putin’s actions.” Judging by his behaviour the other day — no, every day — the president-elect of the United States is expecting the same benediction from journalists there.

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