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Russians: The People behind the Power by Gregory Feifer

By Gregory Feifer

From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that attracts on bright own tales to painting the forces that experience formed the Russian personality for centuries-and proceed to take action today.

RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of existence in Russia through unraveling the character of its humans: what's it of their background, their wants, and their perception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? utilizing the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions through displaying that a lot of what seems to be inexplicable concerning the state is logical whilst obvious from the interior. He will get to the center of why the world's best strength manufacturer keeps to exasperate many within the overseas neighborhood. And he makes transparent why President Vladimir Putin continues to be renowned whilst the distance widens among the super-rich and the good majority of poor.

Traversing the world's biggest kingdom from the violent North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, Feifer performed enormous quantities of intimate conversations approximately every thing from intercourse and vodka to Russia's advanced courting with the realm. From fabulously filthy rich oligarchs to the destitute aged babushki who beg in Moscow's streets, he tells the tale of a society bursting with power lower than a management rooted in culture and infrequently at the fringe of cave in regardless of its authoritarian power.

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The ninth-century Arab writer Al-Jayhani listed three groups of Rus: the Kuiavii, the Slavii and the Artanii (see page 31). Kostomarov also stressed the factors that brought these disparate peoples together (the fruitful marriage of the southern love of liberty with the northerners’ ‘state-building’ preference for autocracy), but other Ukrainian historians have depicted the various subgroups as more or less constantly at war. Particular attention is paid to the supposed north–south conflict, which in 1169 led to the sack of Kiev, the main principality in the north-east, by armies loyal to Andrei Bogoliubskii, Prince of Vladimir (ruled 1157–75).

Communication on an elite level may have been possible, but differences at the level of local popular dialect were probably considerable. The Rus also had a common system of customary law, codified in the eleventh-century ‘Law of Rus’ (Ruska Pravda). The large number of extant copies suggests it was in wide use. The code was notable for its relative humanity, with fines more common than capital or corporal punishment. Women also received surprisingly equitable treatment, at least in terms of tort and family law, if not of inheritance.

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