Top 10 books on Russia in 2016, as selected by Russia Direct

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  1. The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War by Arkady Ostrovsky
  2. Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold
  3. Should We Fear Russia? by Dmitri Trenin
  4. Russia and the New World Disorder by Bobo Lo
  5. Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped by Garry Kasparov
  6. All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar
  7. Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism by Charles Clover
  8. Opposing Forces: Plotting the New Russia by Alexei Navalny and Adam Michnik
  9. True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy by Kati Marton
  10. Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War by Nigel Cliff

That’s right, they included Winter is Coming in the Top 10 ranking.

O Russia Direct,

I think I’ll miss you far less than I originally thought.



  1. Can’t say much about the other books since most of them are still on my to-reads list.

    My personal top ten for 2016 (in no particular order) are very different (and some books are much older):
    1. Post-Imperium by Dmitri Trenin (2011)
    2. Where Bears Roam the Streets by Jeff Parker (2014)
    3. I, Putin by Jennifer Ciotta (2012)
    4. Understanding Russian Politics by Stephen White (2010)
    5. Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin (1998)
    6. The Yellow Arrow by Victor Pelevin (2009)
    7. Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain by Dale Herspring (2004)
    8. The Russian Word’s Worth by Michele Berdy (2011)
    9. Sin by Zakhar Prilepin (2007)
    10. Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics by Jeffrey Mankoff (2009)


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