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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

Author

Peter Pomerantsev

Published Date

Nov 2015

Publisher

Faber & Faber

ISBN

9780571308019

"From communism to perestroika to shock therapy to penury to oligarchy to mafia state to mega-rich – that its new heroes were left with the sense that life is just one glittering masquerade."

About this book

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible is a collection of anecdotes gathered by Peter Pomerantsev during his 10-year long experience of working in Russia. Although Pomerantsev was born in Kiev during the Soviet era, he was raised in England, to which his parents escaped as political refugees in the 1970s. He witnessed a drastic landscape changes in Moscow in the 2000s. Not only did the dramatic architecture transform, but he also notes, “…had seen so many worlds flick through in such blistering progression – from communism to perestroika to shock therapy to penury to oligarchy to mafia state to mega-rich – that its new heroes were left with the sense that life is just one glittering masquerade, where every role and any position or belief is mutable”. Putin and his adviser Vladislav Surkov masterminded this new authoritarian regime by creating a political system that has the appearance of democracy – regular elections, multiple parties, a free media but without any of the substance: rigged elections; fake opposition parties; media that follows orders from Kremlin.

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