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Frenemies An important book that is well researched, but a really boring read Repetive in style and format the author looks at a killing, gives a little background, and then runs you through the investigation or lack there of The motive for the killings, and the way the subsequent investigations are obstructed, are allor less the same While this helps to drive home the point Russia is a lawless and corrupt mafia state , it doesnt make for interesting reading. IfAmericans were informed about Russia by reading books like this they would not be making morally equivalent arguments about the present totalitarian government of Russia and our Republic. I started tho book because I wanted to better understand my own government It took me a very long time to finish the book because of how heavy it is There is so much I didnt know about, so much that was hidden from me This book is amazing, maybe some will say that it s too vague, but the evidence is there Everything that was said in this book was immediately backed up I honestly loved this book in made me think about how f cked up life in Russia is and how little people know about Putin s r I started tho book because I wanted to better understand my own government It took me a very long time to finish the book because of how heavy it is There is so much I didnt know about, so much that was hidden from me This book is amazing, maybe some will say that it s too vague, but the evidence is there Everything that was said in this book was immediately backed up I honestly loved this book in made me think about how f cked up life in Russia is and how little people know about Putin s regime Truly an amazing book Edit After some thought I m going to downgrade to four stars While the review below still stands, thethe novel sat with me I realized that there were parts that didn t link properly The three negatives I mentioned below were also a huge factor in my decision to downgrade my rating Because it felt like, after thinking it over, that this book was solely trying to blame the Chechens for political murder Yeah they are responsible in some cases, but I realized this novel was trying but did Edit After some thought I m going to downgrade to four stars While the review below still stands, thethe novel sat with me I realized that there were parts that didn t link properly The three negatives I mentioned below were also a huge factor in my decision to downgrade my rating Because it felt like, after thinking it over, that this book was solely trying to blame the Chechens for political murder Yeah they are responsible in some cases, but I realized this novel was trying but didn t outright state that the security services would hire Chechens to be their bitch Essentially, this book had a good premise, was well organized but at times lacked the solid proof to back up it s claims The Boston bombing chapter was creating wild speculation about the guys trip to Russia without ever offering substantial proof that he d engaged in terrorism or met with security services on that trip Clear, concise, compelling, and incredibly insightful Well done Amy Knight This was a masterpiece on political murder I was close to giving this four stars because the last chapter on Kadyrov, until I realize that that tied everything in together This book belongs aside All the Kremlin s Men , it s that good Kept me on the edge of my seat, and read like a thriller Highly recommend The one thing that kinda raised red flags with credibility was claiming that Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan I was like, wtf, how do you get that wrong.Also, tying the Boston bombings in this were not really necessary and a stretch Stalin is alleged to have said, No person, no problem Amy Knight has marshalled many facts to buttress her thesis that KGB veteran Vladimir Putin still subscribes to this dictum, as a Russian Godfather running a government by assassination It s not clear all her evidence supports that specific conclusion much of it is circumstantial But even giving her the benefit of those doubts, massive dubiousness yet prevails For it is certain this behavior is a threat to the West only because i Stalin is alleged to have said, No person, no problem Amy Knight has marshalled many facts to buttress her thesis that KGB veteran Vladimir Putin still subscribes to this dictum, as a Russian Godfather running a government by assassination It s not clear all her evidence supports that specific conclusion much of it is circumstantial But even giving her the benefit of those doubts, massive dubiousness yet prevails For it is certain this behavior is a threat to the West only because it s Putin and Russia His Kremlin has pushed back on creeping NATO enlargement, now pitching a tent at Russia s front door in Ukraine unlike the appeasing Gorbachev and Yeltsin when it came to fork tongue treaties from the Great Father of Washington Reprehensible as Putin s domestic behavior may be, he s not projecting it globally and so far there s no justification for another round of nuclear powered cold war.And not only because the existential threat to Western values and security is minimal by these actions From where did Putin learn that targeted assassination was acceptable Not his old KGB training, for Putin was one of the new perestroika breed who was once attached to the St Petersburg legal ministries trying to establish a New Russia under the rule of law Rather, he s watched the US justify ripping apart its own constitutional order with black ops , Patriot Act renditions, Gitmo and Israel feel free to whack anyone perceived to be a threat in its Near Abroad, regardless of any howls from the international community One could compile a quite lengthy laundry list of those ordered dead by Israel s PMs yet no one in the West considers them bloody handed murderers, or Israel a viral threat to regional stability As for sicario states in the Western Hemisphere, like Colombia those are off the map as far as our sanctions and security crowd are concerned.By now I m being damned as a Putin apologist or Commie, so fine in the words of Lenin, it s all in who does what to whom, not the deed itself Enjoy your new cold war as America s infrastructure crumble around its knees, thanks to its own rotten oligarchs in power Knjiga o nekim od najzapa enijih politi kih likvidacija u Rusiji je istovremeno zanimljiv okvir doga aja suvremene ruske povijesti i politike Autorica je zanimljivo uobli ila stravi ne doga aje i kako je do njih do lo, uz navo enja mogu ih krivaca to gotovo uvijek fino obrazlo i Kako je rije o slu ajevima koji su odjeknuli i u svjetskoj javnosti, dosta toga sam otprije znala i bila upoznata, te se ovdje dobila na irini Autorica ne nudi sve odgovore, to bi iskreno bilo i nemogu e kako je r Knjiga o nekim od najzapa enijih politi kih likvidacija u Rusiji je istovremeno zanimljiv okvir doga aja suvremene ruske povijesti i politike Autorica je zanimljivo uobli ila stravi ne doga aje i kako je do njih do lo, uz navo enja mogu ih krivaca to gotovo uvijek fino obrazlo i Kako je rije o slu ajevima koji su odjeknuli i u svjetskoj javnosti, dosta toga sam otprije znala i bila upoznata, te se ovdje dobila na irini Autorica ne nudi sve odgovore, to bi iskreno bilo i nemogu e kako je rije o likvidaciji politi kih protivnika.Moram priznati kako je sve fino strukturirano i obja njeno do trenutka kad po ne obrazlagati bomba e Bostonskog maratona za koje pomalo otvoreno sugerira kako je Rusija imala veze s time to po ne biti takva teorija urote da ostatak knjige koji je dobro obrazlo en s dokumentima iz raznih zemalja, NGO a i sli no izgleda manje vjerodostojno No, sama po sebi knjiga je zanimljiva Za one kojima je takva tematika interesatna Provocative title and substance, of course, but kind of a mixed bag here A lot of really interesting journalist y detail, but also a lot of just straight up listy things that were hard to follow unless one was already deeply knowledgeable about Russia s security apparatus So I think on that front it was a bit too intense for general readers Readers need to push through the initial background It s light on Putin s bio, strangely, since it is making the case that this is who he is, and doesn t Provocative title and substance, of course, but kind of a mixed bag here A lot of really interesting journalist y detail, but also a lot of just straight up listy things that were hard to follow unless one was already deeply knowledgeable about Russia s security apparatus So I think on that front it was a bit too intense for general readers Readers need to push through the initial background It s light on Putin s bio, strangely, since it is making the case that this is who he is, and doesn t shed much new info on his time in the KGB Perhaps it was unremarkable.It hits its stride 2005 chronologically and is very good on Nemtsov The Afterword seems very forced, and it would have been better to have served as an op ed to kick off the book, rather than finishing it After a strong start that broke down the different branches and functions of the Russian government it became a rather tedious recount of assassinations that could possibly be traced to Putin, the phony investigations and trials which corresponded with government cover ups Stretched the limits of credulity trying to claim the Boston Marathon bombings were part of a Putin network scheme Closer to a 1.5 rating. `Download Book ↿ Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder ☠ Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia, his critics have turned up dead on a regular basis According to Amy Knight, this is no coincidence In Orders to Kill, the KGB scholar ties dozens of victims together to expose a campaign of political murder during Putin s reign that even includes terrorist attacks such as the Boston Marathon Bombing Russia is no stranger to political murder, from the tsars to the Soviets to the Putin regime, during which many journalists, activists and political opponents have been killed Kremlin defenders like to say, There is no proof, however convenient these deaths have been for Putin, and, unsurprisingly, because he controls all investigations, Putin is never seen holding a smoking gun, But Amy Knight offers mountains of circumstantial evidence that point to Kremlin involvementCalled the West s foremost scholar of the KGB by The New York Times, Knight traces Putin s journey from the Federal Security Service FSB in the late s to his subsequent rise to absolute power as the Kremlin s leader today, detailing the many bodies that paved the way She offers new information about the most famous victims, such as Alexander Litvinenko, the former FSB officer who was poisoned while living in London, and the statesman Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered outside the Kremlin in , and she puts faces on many others who are less well known in the West or forgotten She shows that terrorist attacks in Russia, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing in the US are part of the same campaign And she explores what these murders mean for Putin s future, for Russia and for the West, where in America Donald Trump has claimed, Nobody has proven that he s killed anyoneHe s always denied itIt has not been proven that he s killed reporters Orders to Kill is a story long hidden in plain sight with huge ramifications