Putin Country

Putin Country

A Journey Into the Real Russia

Book - 2016
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"Portrait of the mid-size city of Chelyabinsk and how it is faring in the new Russia"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374247720
Branch Call Number: 947.43 GAR

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mckeett
May 14, 2017

Well-written and interesting description of life in modern Russia outside Moscow. The description of the medical system is particularly interesting.

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patcarstensen
Jul 18, 2016

The comment in all caps below from Aleksandar is exactly the kind of attitude Garrels tries to portray in the book. I thought about flagging the comment as inappropriate, but I think seeing it is more useful to see a real example of Putin Country.

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Thai5357
May 25, 2016

Garrels did an excellent job of obtaining opinions and viewpoints. I learned so much about the day to day life, but I'm sure to not generalize, as I believe this is a more rural city (it would be interesting to see what people in St. Petersburg think). The people interviewed are trying to figure out who they (Russians) are and where they fit in the Post-Soviet world, and they're very proud of their country but not their government. This book explores topics such as the HIV epidemic, the military life, lack of human rights, religious history, etc. To sum up, it seems Russia needs a whole country to do a massive audit, as there's no order or trust in the government, and yet Putin is certainly improving the conditions of post-Soviet times. The country has a long way to go and this was a fascinating read into this somewhat isolated country.

ChristchurchLib Apr 10, 2016

What is life in Russia really like and why do Russians love Vladimir Putin? Anne Garrels, formerly an NPR correspondent based in Moscow, answers these complicated questions using a variety of people (from taxi drivers to doctors) in the Chelyabinsk region as a microcosm. Having visited the area (which is located far from Moscow) for two decades, she not only offers "a collection of scrupulous, timely journalistic portraits" (Kirkus Reviews) that document the differences in everyday lives over time, but also describes how growing freedoms have not always been beneficial, and shares what Russians really think of the West.

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