The lovely tale of Russia's slide again right into a dictatorship-and how the West is now paying the associated fee for permitting it to happen.
The ascension of Vladimir Putin-a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB-to the presidency of Russia in 1999 used to be a powerful sign that the rustic was once headed clear of democracy. but within the intervening years-as the United States and the world's different prime powers have persisted to assuage him-Putin has grown not just right into a dictator yet an internationalthreat. along with his sizeable assets and nuclear arsenal, Putin is on the heart of a global attack on political liberty and the trendy international order.
For Garry Kasparov, none of this is often information. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even best the pro-democracy competition to him within the farcical 2008 presidential election. but years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies approximately Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker fact: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself towards the loose international locations of the world.
As Putin has grown ever extra robust, the hazard he poses has grown from neighborhood to neighborhood and eventually to international. during this pressing booklet, Kasparov indicates that the cave in of the Soviet Union was once no longer an endpoint-only a transformation of seasons, because the chilly struggle melted right into a new spring. yet now, after years of complacency and negative judgment, wintry weather is once more upon us.
Argued with the strength of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his domestic state, Winter Is Coming finds Putin for what he's: an existential risk hiding in simple sight.