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May 26

The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin

In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. According to The Moscow Times, Russia's English language newspaper, "It was not surprising he was expelled. It was surprising it took so long."

In The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin, which is published by the Yale University Press, Satter describes how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia and why Vladimir Putin was chosen as his success. Central to this story are the 1999 Russian apartment bombings which were blamed on the Chechens but which, Satter argues, were actually carried out by the FSB security police. Satter's book explains the role of U.S. policies in Putin's rise and the dangers Putin's regime poses for the security of the West.

David Satter is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He was Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times from 1976 to 1982, and then special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal. He has held many distinguished academic positions, is the author of three previous books on Russia, and has testified frequently on Russian affairs before Congressional committees.

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