What Russians Think (Hardcover)
The book tells the story of modern-day Russia on a world stage, as seen from the
Russian perspective. A vocal activist of the Russian diaspora in London, the author sets
out the historic background to the Russian prevailing worldview, and explains the
Russian sentiment on issues of public interest, including: Putin, Democracy, sex and
relationships, Gay rights, Ukraine and Crimea, U.S. sanctions, the 2016 Presidential elections, et cetera.
Stories of Boris Berezovsky, Boris Nemtsov, the novichok poisonings, and the current
situation around Alexey Navalny, who has once been among the author's personal
friends, are set up and explained as they are viewed by the majority in Russia.
The author goes into detail concerning history, origins and chaotic nature of the Russian
sanctions in the United States, using the stories of certain specific sanctioned
individuals, and the effects the sanctions are having on the country and its elites. She
debunks certain myths of Russiagate, explaining, for example, the error in translation
of Putin's statement at the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki press-conference, as well as
setting why the common Western understanding of how Russian interference in the 2016
election may have worked, is implausible.
As a recurring storytelling device, the author uses her family's history in the Soviet
Union, her privileged childhood, her memories of the USSR's collapse, and later the
story of her own adventures in Russia and its politics.