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How Putin manipulated history to help Russians feel good again

3 September 2022

9:00 AM

3 September 2022

9:00 AM

The Story of Russia Orlando Figes

Bloomsbury, pp.356, 25

Every country has an origin story but nonehas ‘changed it so often’ as Russia, according to Orlando Figes. The subject is inseparable from myth. In this impressive anddeeply immersive book, the author sets outto reveal Russia’s history, its people’s perception of their past and the manifold waysin which those in power manipulate bothevents and legend to shape the present.

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