The Invention of Russia

The Journey from Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

Arkady Ostrovsky

RRP: £10.99

2 June 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891600

RRP: £20.00

17 September 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891587

RRP: £9.99

17 September 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397410

The definitive and award-winning history of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power following the collapse of the Soviet Union, by The Economist‘s Russia editor.

‘Fast-paced and excellently written’ New York Times

‘A real insiders’ story of Russia’s post-Soviet “counter-revolution” – an important and timely book.’ Anne Applebaum


How did a country that embraced freedom over twenty-five years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with the West? In this Orwell Prize-winning book, Arkady Ostrovsky reaches back to the darkest days of the Cold War to tell the story of Russia’s stealthy and largely unchronicled post-Soviet transformation.

Ostrovsky’s knowledge of many of the key players allows him to explain the rise of Vladimir Putin and to reveal how he pioneered a new form of demagogic populism. In a new preface he examines Putin’s influence on the US election and explores how his methods – weaponizing the media and serving up fake news – came to enter Western politics.