Excellent . . . Cleverly weaves the story of independent Ukraine with an amusing look at the career as a comedian and actor of its president, Volodymyr Zelensky . . . Although a committed supporter of Ukrainian independence, Zygar is honest about Ukraine's record in the past three decades. While other recent works sympathetic to the Ukrainian cause elide over the epic corruption there, Zygar is clear that before Zelensky was elected Ukraine was near to being a failed state
Why is my country fascist - and what is my role in that? For Russia to ever change these are the questions Russians will need to ask. Zygar does it with a searing mix of history and self-reflection.
Zygar demolishes Putin's myths about Ukraine with a fury born out of shame at what is being done in his country's name. It is just possible to dream that, one day, War and Punishment will be taught in Russian schools in place of the Kremlin's deadly lies.
Passionate and perceptive, one of Russia's best journalists busts the myths underpinning the country's turn towards ultra-nationalism. Read it - and hope that Russians do too.
One of those important thinkers who helps us to not lose our memory
A superb account of all that led to Vladimir Putin's brutal and misbegotten invasion . . . Provides an ardent, informed understanding of the present
A sweeping, ambitious and impassioned chronicle... makes for compelling reading with its searing portrayal of the "long road to war". It's a fiery, informed reckoning of past and present relations... A bold prediction from a brave writer.
Knowing he could always follow many colleagues and activists into jail, hospital, or into the graveyard, Zygar persists
To account for Russia's descent into the abyss and the most bloody war in Europe since WWII, Zygar invites us to walk an uneasy path of reconsideration of the recent past. His book is not only a guide to that past but also a powerful call to change the present.
The pattern of anti-Ukrainian persecution repeats from one era to the next, in Zygar's haunting telling . . . a sorry tale of big brother chauvinism and oppression. He seeks to demolish, myth by myth, the "imperial mindset" that led to the current conflict . . . A fine book
Zygar approaches history like he's interviewing it - listening to what those involved had to say and expertly putting that in context. The result is a riveting unfolding of history as it was being lived
Zygar is one of the heroes of Putin's Russia
Zygar has invented a new genre. If Tolstoy's story is a wide river and Proust's is a slow river, Zygar's is a chase.
PRAISE FOR MIKHAIL ZYGAR Of the many accounts written about the Russian president, Mikhail Zygar's insider's guide to his court is one of the most compelling