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Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and Compromise in Putin’s Russia

Joshua Yaff

Published by: Granta

A magnificent and moving account of everyday life in Putin’s Russia, this book explores the moral psychology of compromise and the difficulties of pursuing one’s ambitions, while living with integrity, or not, in the face of demands from an overmighty state.  Beautiful and haunting, the book illuminates the challenges of moral life and the ways in which authoritarian rule is maintained.”