Friday, June 29, 2007

Russian Roulette

The review of the's Spotlight section in the Rocky Mountain News carries my feature review of A Russian Diary by Anna Politkovskaya.

It's also worth looking at this article, "Putin Strikes Again" by Jamey Gambrell in the New York Review of Books examining attacks on Russian journalists in recent years.

I also want to recommend another outstanding piece of journalism about Anna Politkovskaya that's unfortunately not available online. In the July issue of GQ (yes, the one with Jessica Biel unveiled on the cover), there's a chilling article titled "Silenced" by Moscow-based writer Peter Savodnik that includes photographs of the crime scene, interviews with a host of knowledgeable sources, fantastic writing and analysis of the crime, and a not insignificant amount of detective work. The article intimates that the murderers have ties to Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and directly implicates a separatist field commander named Ibragim Dadayev, also known as "The Bear." The best thriller writers in the business couldn't invent a story this dark.

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