Russia without Putin

Our regular critic. Journalist, writer, author. Works mostly from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
RUSSIA: Putin will leave the Kremlin one day - but don't expect that to change things, argues Tony Wood in his well-researched thesis on power and continuity in today's Russia.

Money, Power and the Myths of the Cold War
Author: Tony Wood
Publisher: Verso Books,

Russophiles and supporters of open democracy will thrill to the title of Tony Wood’s thorough analysis of power in the Russian state – it is, after all, the rallying cry of many an anti-Kremlin demonstration from Moscow to Khabarovsk, St Petersburg to Ekaterinberg. But like the book, the devil is in the details – Wood’s densely packed, but eminently readable thesis is no rallying cry to get rid of Putin and usher in golden shafts of light of the uplands of Slavic freedom. It is all there in the subtitle – and the keyword is myths.

Wood, a New York-based member of the editorial board of New Left Review and contributor to the London Review of Books, is a specialist on Russia and Latin America (both of which share features common to corrupt governance). His central thesis explored through chapters on Putin, money, and power, the legacy of the Soviet past, foreign policy and the major shifts in the Russian polity since Maidan (the revolution in Ukraine of 2014, followed by the annexation of Crimea by Moscow) is the influence of continuity on Russia’s development.

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