A Times Book of the Year 2021
Catherine Belton is the former long-serving Moscow Correspondent for the Financial Times. She has previously reported on Russia for Moscow Times and Business Week. In 2008, she was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the year at the British Press Awards. She lives in London.
'This is the most remarkable account so far of Putin's
rise ... Groundbreaking ... several hair-raising revelations ...
Relentless and convincing. There are gobsmacking moments ... This
is a superb book'
'A fearless, fascinating account ... Reads at times like
a John le Carre novel... A groundbreaking and meticulously
researched anatomy of the Putin regime, Belton's book shines a
light on the pernicious threats Russian money and influence now
pose to the west'
'Modern Russia in full, horrifying technicolour ... this
riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best
single volume written about Putin, the people around him and
perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three
PETER FRANKOPAN, FINANCIAL TIMES
'Books about modern Russia abound ... Belton has
surpassed them all. Her much-awaited book is the best and most
important on modern Russia. It benefits from a meticulous
compilation of open sources, but also from the accounts of
disillusioned Kremlin insiders, former business cronies and some
remarkably candid people still high up in the system. The
result is hair-raising.'
'An outstanding expose of Putin and his criminal pals
... [A] long-awaited, must read book'
'Arguably the biggest story of the 21st century so
far. In forensically unravelling it, journalist Catherine
Belton has done a great service, producing a book that western
experts on modern Russia acknowledge as vital to our understanding
of the Putin phenomenon'
DAILY MAIL, BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A serious, absolutely timely warning. No book has documented
the Russian president's leadership so indefatigably and
'Meticulously researched and superbly written; terrifying in its
scope and utterly convincing in its argument ... The Putin book
that we've been waiting for'
'An extraordinarily important book'