Behind Putin's Curtain
Friendships and Misadventures Inside RussiaBook - 2019
"In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real, unfiltered Russia not seen in today's headlines: authentic, bizarre, dangerous, and beautiful. Sidestepping the well-trod tourist path, he travels the country from Moscow to Vladivostok--across seven time zones and almost 9,500 kilometers--making stops in Chechnya, Saint Petersburg, Siberia, and beyond. Staying with an eclectic array of hosts, he bumps into gun nuts, Internet conspiracy theorists, faux shamans, and Putin fans; learns to drive in death-defying Russian style; and discovers how to cure hangovers by sniffing rye bread. But he also sees a darker side of the country, witnessing firsthand the effects of Putin's influence in the run-up to the 2016 American election and the power of propaganda in this "post-fact" era."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, 
Characteristics: 275 pages,  pages of plates : map, photographs and portraits (some colour) ; 22 cm