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Christopher de Bellaigue: In Afghanistan, 7 October 2010

... of apples in his fridge, and a few suits hanging in the wardrobe. It’s the kind of detail that Ryszard Kapuściński might have included, and have then been accused of making up. In Osman’s hands, it has the ring of truth. Kuche-ye ma effectively ends at the close of the Cold War, when Afghanistan ceases to matter to Russia and the United ...

The Russians Are Coming

John Lloyd, 11 May 1995

Comrade Criminal: The Theft of the Second Russian Revolution 
by Stephen Handelman.
Joseph, 360 pp., £16.99, September 1994, 0 7181 0015 8
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Crime Without Frontiers: The Worldwide Expansion of Organised Crime and the Pax Mafiosa 
by Clare Sterling.
Little, Brown, 274 pp., £17.50, June 1994, 0 316 91121 6
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Inside Yeltsin’s Russia 
by John Kampfner.
Cassell, 256 pp., £17.99, October 1994, 9780304344635
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A Dishonoured Society 
by John Follain.
Little, Brown, 356 pp., £16.99, February 1995, 0 316 90982 3
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... ensure their loyalty and could, if necessary, be a pretext for their dismissal. In The Emperor, Ryszard Kapuściński says of Haile Selassie that ‘he liked the people of the court to multiply their belongings, he liked their accounts to grow and their purses to swell.’ No one who made his career through the Communist Party under Brezhnev will be ...

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