2017 review list

Here’s the tentative book review list for 2017. This list is a living document.


  • Thief in Law: A Guide to Russian Prison Tattoos and Russian-speaking Organized Crime Gangs by Mark Bullen
  • The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner


  • Moscow by Ida Neverdahl and Øystein Runde
  • Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia by Jennifer Eremeeva


  • Хлорофилия by Andrei Rubanov
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes


  • Freedom is Space for the Spirit by Glen Hirshberg


  • Revenge of the Kremlin by Gerard de Villiers



Июль – Summer series

  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin
  • The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
  • To the Lake by Yana Vagner




  • All the Kremlin’s Men by Mikhail Zygar
  • Should We Fear Russia by Dmitri Trenin


  • Sex, Politics, and Putin by Valerie Sperling


  • Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
  • Putin Country by Anne Garrels


  • Some book from the Valley of the Unspeakable (the home of lowbrow books that no self-respecting Russia-watcher would dare pick up)
  • I’m Going to Ruin Their Lives by Marc Bennets OR Moscow in Movement by Samuel Greene

The Floaters

Travelogues/Expat Life

  • Bears in the Streets by Lisa Dickey

Contemporary Russian Fiction

  • Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
  • Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev


  • Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda by Oliver Boyd-Barrett
  • The State of Russia: What Comes Next? by Maria Lipman et al.
  • Human Rights in Russia: Citizens and the State from Perestroika to Putin by Mary McAuley
  • Black Wind, White Snow by Charles Clover
  • Who Lost Russia? by Peter Conradi
  • Russia: the Story of War by Gregory Carleton
  • Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash by Richard Lourie
  • Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold
  • Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy Colton
  • No Illusions by Mickiewicz
  • The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Other Russias by Victoria Lomasko


  • The Good Spy by Jeffrey Layton
  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
  • The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw
  • Petrograd by Phillip Gelatt and Tyler Crook
  • Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death by Antony Johnston
  • The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
  • Madness Treads Lightly by Polina Dashkova


  • The Senility of Vladimir P. by Michael Honig
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Playing a Part by Daria Wilke
  • The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan


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