Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

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Russia is a country in transition. It is a land of exotic treasures with a culture rich in world-famous artists, writers and musicians. It is a swiftly modernizing economy yet still a place of corruption, suppression and secrecy, trying to shake off its recent, bloody past of Communist dictatorship. Russia may no longer be seen as a rival to America, but with control over a huge portion of the world’s non-renewable energy resources, it is a rapidly rising energy super-power. Yet, shrouded in myth and ice, it is little understood by the rest of the world.

Travelling thousands of miles, Jonathan journeys from Kaliningrad in the west to Provideniya in the east to discover modern Russia. Passing through some of the most extreme landscapes on Earth, several climates and seven time zones, he visits places “spectacular, infamous, secret” that witnessed defining moments in Russia’s extraordinary history. Caught between Asia and Europe, the people of this vast landmass are as diverse as the landscape they inhabit, their ethnic mix a product of Russian expansionism.

In his book and the television series it accompanies, Jonathan looks at how the past has shaped the present and attempts to explain what modern Russia means to her people now.

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Jonathan Dimbleby, an established and much-respected journalist and presenter, has reported from Russia during some of the most critical points in its modern history.

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"A spirited and in many cases brave attempt to describe one of the world's most important civilisations.'" * Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday * "The ugly authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin and Russia's hydrocarbon fuelled diplomatic bolshiness are now well documented.There are fewer worthwhile accounts of ordinary life across the vast, eccentric Russian continent in the Putin era. Mr Dimbleby's perceptive travelogue is one of them." * The Ecomonist * "Dimbley's book is a splendid achievement....He constitutes the essence of a good traveller - companionable, thoughtful, sceptical and sometimes wide-eyed with wonder." * Daily Express * "All the major issues facing contemporary Russia are raised and dealt with... [Russia] engages the brilliant analytical journalist in Jonathan Dimbleby." * Guardian *

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