A Russian Diary is the book that Anna Politkovskaya had recently completed when she was murdered in a contract killing in Moscow. Covering the period from the Russian parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the tragic aftermath of the Beslan school siege in late 2005, A Russian Diary is an unflinching record of the plight of millions of Russians and a pitiless report on the cynicism and corruption of Vladimir Putin's Presidency.
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Politkovskaya is a Solzhenitsyn for the 21st century... Very few were telling a similar truth in her lifetime and even fewer will tell it now that she is dead - Observer
Politkovskaya gives an account of life as it is lived under Putin, fearlessly detailing the chaos and corruption she saw around her - Independent on Sunday
Brilliant... she reminds us what journalism can be - Herald
This is her testimony... it makes for impressive and immediate reading - Independent
Completely honest and fearless - Literary Review
Suppression of freedom of speech, of expression, reaches its savage ultimate in the murder of a writer. Anna Politkovskaya refused to lie, in her work; her murder is a ghastly act, and an attack on world literature -
Like all great investigative reporters, Anna Politkovskaya brought forward human truths that rewrote the official story. We will continue to read her, and learn from her, for years -
Beyond mourning her, it would be more seemly to remember her by taking note of what she wrote -
It is a blow to the entire democratic, independent press. It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us -