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The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad -- while Western spies watched in horror as their governments failed to guard against the threat They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir P The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad -- while Western spies watched in horror as their governments failed to guard against the threat They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin. The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control. Unflinchingly documenting the growing web of death on British and American soil, Heidi Blake bravely exposes the Kremlin's assassination campaign as part of Putin's ruthless pursuit of global dominance-and reveals why Western governments have failed to stop the bloodshed. The unforgettable story that emerges whisks us from London's high-end night clubs to Miami's million-dollar hideouts, ultimately rendering a bone-chilling portrait of money, betrayal, and murder, written with the pace and propulsive power of a thriller. Based on a vast trove of unpublished documents, bags of discarded police evidence, and interviews with hundreds of insiders, this heart-stopping international investigation uncovers one of the most important- and terrifying-geopolitical stories of our time.


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The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad -- while Western spies watched in horror as their governments failed to guard against the threat They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir P The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad -- while Western spies watched in horror as their governments failed to guard against the threat They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin. The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control. Unflinchingly documenting the growing web of death on British and American soil, Heidi Blake bravely exposes the Kremlin's assassination campaign as part of Putin's ruthless pursuit of global dominance-and reveals why Western governments have failed to stop the bloodshed. The unforgettable story that emerges whisks us from London's high-end night clubs to Miami's million-dollar hideouts, ultimately rendering a bone-chilling portrait of money, betrayal, and murder, written with the pace and propulsive power of a thriller. Based on a vast trove of unpublished documents, bags of discarded police evidence, and interviews with hundreds of insiders, this heart-stopping international investigation uncovers one of the most important- and terrifying-geopolitical stories of our time.

30 review for From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ✺❂❤❣

    A book of lies and omissions and guesswork and scaremongering and 'alternative facts', to put it mildly. It jumps right in on how to scare people with the oh-so-deadly 'military grade' poison 'Novichok' that doesn't really kill people (unless used in very certain situations) and that has been produced in the EU (Surprise! Wow! What did they need it for? Why did the EU think it prudent to produce it?). Anyway, Medici would have laughed their heads and knickers off! Reportedly, they had much better A book of lies and omissions and guesswork and scaremongering and 'alternative facts', to put it mildly. It jumps right in on how to scare people with the oh-so-deadly 'military grade' poison 'Novichok' that doesn't really kill people (unless used in very certain situations) and that has been produced in the EU (Surprise! Wow! What did they need it for? Why did the EU think it prudent to produce it?). Anyway, Medici would have laughed their heads and knickers off! Reportedly, they had much better track records. Not a single proof-based statement. Lots of 'The spies at Langley replied that yes, they did indeed suspect another assassination had slipped through Scotland Yard’s dragnet.' stuff instead. Which doesn't qualify as proof. Not a word of Donetsk and Luhansk regions holding a legal referendum. The word 'referendum' isn't even used in this so called book. Lying by omission? Not a word of Unkrainian government being illegally and by force and with arms removed by nationalistically oriented people (*eyeroll* whom Victoria Nuland conveniently fed with cookies, *eyeroll*). I'm not kidding, there are lots of photos of her doing precisely that in the middle of Kiev. What the fuck was she doing in Kiev? A bit too far from the country where she is legally a representative of anything? How come that you can protest violently and in an armed way against the government in Kiev and in Syria but you can't in Lugansk or in Catalonia? How come that you can rebel against the legal government but you can't rebel against the illegal one? Duplicitous much? PS. Disclaimer1: I'm part Jewish so I can joke about anything Israel-related. Disclaimer2: I really love Jewish culture and I use it just as a prime example of an ethnicity historically blamed for about any and every thing possible (and sometimes impossible). I feel Russia is quickly on the way to become the next most internationally offended on the basis of some half-assed ethnic grudges country of the world. I've devised a very simple and effective nationalism/ lithmus test. You take any book on any nation (in this case, 'Russia', 'Russian') and replace every single ref to this nationality, citizenship etc with 'Israel', 'Jew', 'Jewish. See what happens. If you feel uncomfortable with the end result, (like 'oh, this is uncalled for/I just went overboard!') then yes, this book is a nationalistic, ethnophobic (or even racist) piece of something that Hitler might've been proud of copenning. Q: ... Vladimir Putin made his intentions toward the men he had released clear. “Traitors will kick the bucket,” he announced on state television. “Trust me. These people betrayed their friends, their brothers in arms. Whatever they got in exchange for it, those thirty pieces of silver they were given, they will choke on them.” (c) Actually, that seems to be libel. There never was any such interview. Or at least, I wasn't able to locate it. The 'good journalist' doesn't provide the reader with any specific references. Q: A fortnight later, Young strode into the lawyer’s central London office and closed the door. “I’ve been robbing banks all over Europe,” he said matter-of-factly. (c) Ah-huh. And this is the guy that is supposed to be some sort of superfixer? Doesn't sound very savvy, does he? Q: Litvinenko ... He was excited, and he thought... Litvinenko sized up the small man in an instant. 'He’s doing everything he can to seem open and likable, he thought to himself, but it’s all for show.' Zakayev ... he felt like he was in a spy movie... Berezovsky thought... (c) The author(s) must have hired some really good medium(s) to find out what private ideas people might have thought and how they felt at certain points. Q: Putin had seen his boss buffeted by the turbulent city council, and now he felt the sting of parliamentary scrutiny himself. Democracy, he learned, just gets in the way. (c) Did they interview him to get that info? Or did they just assign him these thoughts? Q: She made him a mixture of manganese and warm water, an old Russian remedy for food poisoning, but it came straight back up. (c) Ewww. It's SUPPOSED to come up, it's not a 'remedy', it's taken internally just as an emetic. And a very toxic one, at that. Q: Moussavi knew all about Berezovsky, the notorious Russian oligarch who had made a vast fortune buying up state assets at rock-bottom prices under the country’s increasingly drunken president, Boris Yeltsin, and had siphoned much of it offshore to buy himself lavish properties and yachts all over Europe. (c) Yeah, right. So, Yeltsin was siphoning the Russian assets to line some pockets and still they blame Putin. Maybe the 'West' shouldn't have meddled with Yeltsin's elections? Huh? Innovative much?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Absolutely terrifying. It is chilling to know how far Putin will go to silence his critics, but the real danger is the British and US governments allowing it and covering it up because they buy oil from Russia or need Putin’s help with Iran and Syria. Thank god for journalists like Heidi Blake. Pray for her safety and I thank her for her courage and I hope this book results in justice for those who spoke out about Putin.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cuthbert

    (I received an ARC of this in a Goodreads giveaway and appreciate the opportunity to review this title and give my thoughts on it.) A deep dive into the dirty world of Russia's seemingly relentless campaign to wipe out perceived enemies of the state, "From Russia with Blood," will definitely make you question whether a true relationship with Russia is possible under Vladimir Putin. In worrying prose that betrays an almost complete lack of conviction on the part of many Western nations, Heidi Blake (I received an ARC of this in a Goodreads giveaway and appreciate the opportunity to review this title and give my thoughts on it.) A deep dive into the dirty world of Russia's seemingly relentless campaign to wipe out perceived enemies of the state, "From Russia with Blood," will definitely make you question whether a true relationship with Russia is possible under Vladimir Putin. In worrying prose that betrays an almost complete lack of conviction on the part of many Western nations, Heidi Blake takes readers on a journey to demonstrate how Putin has created and performed a highly organized program to eliminate anyone who is a threat to his power, while western nations in Europe and the U.S do little to stop or condemn it until it is much too late. In the wake of all the news concerning the 2016 hacking attempts by Russia in the presidential election, this book will only further make you mistrust everything coming out of that country. If you were already negatively inclined toward Putin, nothing here will make you change that opinion in the slightest. If anything, it will only make you fear that worse is yet to come from him. Compulsively readable and laid out in a manner that made it at times more like a thriller novel or some of the best episodes from the former TV series Homeland, this is a truly engrossing bit of sad but true history and a call to action that we would be wise to heed as soon as possible!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hutchison

    Excellent book. Very interesting, consuming. Hard to put the book down. Although I remember some of this in the news it is most shocking when the events of all the assassinations are put together in one story, one time line and directed by one person. More shocking is the muted response from leaders of the west when these crimes are carried out in their country, and the west's monetary involvement with Putin's Russia that affects political decisions. Not just because of the information in this b Excellent book. Very interesting, consuming. Hard to put the book down. Although I remember some of this in the news it is most shocking when the events of all the assassinations are put together in one story, one time line and directed by one person. More shocking is the muted response from leaders of the west when these crimes are carried out in their country, and the west's monetary involvement with Putin's Russia that affects political decisions. Not just because of the information in this book but that added to everything else Putin is involved in should leave no doubt that you can't work with him. He is an enemy, the most dangerous man in the world, and he has been brilliant in the war he is waging on the west. I know this is old school but I think back on the Munich Agreement of 1938, and how appeasement didn't work then, and it isn't working now. I do recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rohit

    It was slightly terrifying to read the extent to which Putin can go to silence his critics. The second half of the book, especially when people started dying of mysterious causes, felt like reading a fiction. Very well-writen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    This is a sobering look at the lengths Vladimir Putin will go to in order to torture and murder anyone who opposes his iron fist over Russia and the former Soviet republics. Heidi Blake focuses particularly on the oligarchs who took refuge in the UK once Putin took over from Yeltsin. They thought they had put in a grey man who could be easily manipulated, just like Yeltsin, but right from the get-go, Putin showed that he was in charge and would go to any lengths to keep power and wealth to himse This is a sobering look at the lengths Vladimir Putin will go to in order to torture and murder anyone who opposes his iron fist over Russia and the former Soviet republics. Heidi Blake focuses particularly on the oligarchs who took refuge in the UK once Putin took over from Yeltsin. They thought they had put in a grey man who could be easily manipulated, just like Yeltsin, but right from the get-go, Putin showed that he was in charge and would go to any lengths to keep power and wealth to himself. This included staging terrorist attacks against Russians so he could attack Chechnya and make Chechens an enemy people could focus on. The bombing of apartment blocks in Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk was a PR stunt by the FSG (secret service) to bolster Putin's approval ratings right before the 1999 election. The terrorist attack at the Moscow theatre and the Beslan school siege were all orchestrated by the FSG to manipulate public sympathies and keep Putin in charge as the strong man. These are all side-stories though. The oligarchs who thought they would hold power after installing Putin to replace Yeltsin fled, mostly to the UK, because the law there was very lax when it came to investigating fraud and theft on the magnitude that these oligarchs had carried out as the Soviet Union crumbled. In fact, the UK welcomed their money and investments. These men lived in high style and were welcomed into the upper echelons of society but they were also funding groups that were fighting for democracy -- not for an end goal of democracy, but in hopes that it would erode Putin's power. For example, they channeled money into the various colour revolutions -- the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Rose Revolution in Georgia in the hopes of getting a sweet deal afterwards with the new government. When it didn't work out for them, they'd work against those same groups. But over the years, Putin orchestrated the assassination of each one of them, often in full view and with little investigation (and often outright cover-up) on the part of the British. While the CIA was much more adept at keeping defectors safe, the US was not immune to assassinations either, although it was rare. A compelling and sickening read. Kudos to Heidi Blake and Buzzfeed for what they've been able to do.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lark

    I read a lot of espionage/history books and this is probably the best. Thoroughly researched by a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, she had me on pins and needles throughout. It describes the slow, meticulous, deliberate walk of Putin into the Presidency and his transforming of his ministry into a personal, powerful, corrupt legion. Scores of once inner circle oligarchs and ex Russian spies lose favorite status and flee to the UK for protection and a place to hide. And with complicency of Downing St I read a lot of espionage/history books and this is probably the best. Thoroughly researched by a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, she had me on pins and needles throughout. It describes the slow, meticulous, deliberate walk of Putin into the Presidency and his transforming of his ministry into a personal, powerful, corrupt legion. Scores of once inner circle oligarchs and ex Russian spies lose favorite status and flee to the UK for protection and a place to hide. And with complicency of Downing Street (thank you Tony Blair and David Cameron) these men are assassinated one by one. Over many years as they are killed off they work with US Intelligence because the UK refuses to even investigate but rule all of these deaths as suicide, accidents or natural causes. Russia has developed chemicals that kill and can’t be traced, chemicals that alter ones state of mind to induce suicide, and of course we now know about polonium, which was used to kill Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. On the eve of the Justice Department’s scheduled meeting, Nov. 2015, with the architect of Putin’ media empire, he is killed in his hotel room, just blocks from the White House. Even in the US this is ruled by a federal prosecutor as an accident (oh, yes, he beat himself about the head and back). “Agents close to the case knew the FBI was sitting on a secret report containing high-level intelligence from Moscow that directly contradicted the offical finding that he had died by accident." Clearly Putin has pawns embedded in powerful places in the US, it would be naive to think otherwise. For years Putin has ordered assassinations in the UK, and without punishment or repercussion, he is emboldened to also kill in the US.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Finished: 15.01.2020 Genre: non-fictiopn Rating: D- #ReadNonFictionYear Conclusion: If you want REAL investigative journalism read Luke Harding A Very Expensive Poison If you want to read a REAL Putin scholar read Dr. Fiona Hill Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin Honest opinion? This book was a waste of time. "old news" ...if you have been reading the newspapers since 2000! I can’t imagine this as a page turner, except when I was turning a dozen pages at a time hoping it would get better. Finished: 15.01.2020 Genre: non-fictiopn Rating: D- #ReadNonFictionYear Conclusion: If you want REAL investigative journalism read Luke Harding A Very Expensive Poison If you want to read a REAL Putin scholar read Dr. Fiona Hill Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin Honest opinion? This book was a waste of time. "old news" ...if you have been reading the newspapers since 2000! I can’t imagine this as a page turner, except when I was turning a dozen pages at a time hoping it would get better.

  9. 5 out of 5

    June

    It's taken me a while to decide how I wanted to approach this review. As a longtime Russia-watcher, I felt the book far oversimplified a murky, mafia-filled political world into a battle royal between Putin and Berezovsky, ignoring people and events that didn't fit this master narrative (like Khodorkovsky's second trial and how much of a thorn in Putin's side he was and still is). As Buzzfeed journalism, it also fails to cite its sources in any useful way. It also suggests that key people in the It's taken me a while to decide how I wanted to approach this review. As a longtime Russia-watcher, I felt the book far oversimplified a murky, mafia-filled political world into a battle royal between Putin and Berezovsky, ignoring people and events that didn't fit this master narrative (like Khodorkovsky's second trial and how much of a thorn in Putin's side he was and still is). As Buzzfeed journalism, it also fails to cite its sources in any useful way. It also suggests that key people in the UK failed to act due to Russian pressure. For all its shortcomings, though, Blake is a great writer, and the book is engaging as a true crime narrative. The book may help chip away the strongman veneer that many people still buy into when it comes to Putin, revealing the network of corruption and crime that placed him in power. It puts faces to the names in news articles, revealing the grieving family members and stunned neighbors left in the wake of these assassinations. It should, perhaps, be read in conjunction with other sources on Putin's Russia. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Brandt

    I listened to this book and with all the (for me) difficult Russian names I had a hard time keeping all the people straight. I did get this out of it though; Putin is even worse than I thought he was, and I already thought he was pretty bad

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kremlin

    A decent read. Not much on Putin himself, but it read like a thriller. I found that the story strayed at times and was not as organized as it could have been. Also, some stories had glossy details that should have been explored more in-depth. This is not for newbies, you need to have some Russia knowledge to understand or enjoy this. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jannene

    I won a copy of this from a Goodreads giveaway. The book was very informative and easy to follow. It didn’t feel like you were just being thrown facts, it had a flow that quite a few non-fiction books rarely provide. Putin is a very scary man who has a far reach.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Art

    This was a fun read.....reminiscent of some of the Cold War spy novels I enjoyed back in the day.....but it rings a little hollow and smacks of sensationalism. The basic premises of the book are that Putin is a shrewd and ruthless thug, the Brits (and others) generally turned a blind eye and the odds of any of those purported to have been assassinated having actually died of natural causes is nil. Agree with the first two.......the man is a swine. But regarding the third premise I found the book This was a fun read.....reminiscent of some of the Cold War spy novels I enjoyed back in the day.....but it rings a little hollow and smacks of sensationalism. The basic premises of the book are that Putin is a shrewd and ruthless thug, the Brits (and others) generally turned a blind eye and the odds of any of those purported to have been assassinated having actually died of natural causes is nil. Agree with the first two.......the man is a swine. But regarding the third premise I found the book very much glossed over alternative explanations for many of these deaths and portrayed Scotland Yard as a bunch of chuckle-heads who take their orders from politicos.......I'm just having a hard time buying into the notion that the British government knowingly permitted the Russians to indiscriminately whack their enemies who were under the protection of The Crown...bollocks I say!! Lastly, the total lack of footnotes and end notes describing source documents left me cold.....particularly after the fuss the authors make in the intro regarding all the documents they scanned into a searchable database......tosh! But......fun to read in any event.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    Goodreads Giveaway - First a kudos should go to the Buzzfeed team which did the investigation and reporting necessary for this book. Taking on Russia, apparently, is kind of a dangerous thing to do. The book itself goes a long way to illustrate the profound incompetence of the British government, their legal system, police force, and their intelligence agencies. Citizens of the UK (and the world) should be horrified, not only at Russian brutality, but also the cynical lack of humanity and hubris Goodreads Giveaway - First a kudos should go to the Buzzfeed team which did the investigation and reporting necessary for this book. Taking on Russia, apparently, is kind of a dangerous thing to do. The book itself goes a long way to illustrate the profound incompetence of the British government, their legal system, police force, and their intelligence agencies. Citizens of the UK (and the world) should be horrified, not only at Russian brutality, but also the cynical lack of humanity and hubris demonstrated by world leaders in a sycophantic display attempting to "bring Russian back into the fold". Blair, Cameron, May, Obama, Kerry, Clinton, and Trump have all been outsmarted and out maneuvered by Putin - and they were blinded by their own lust for power. On a side note - the less said about the amateurish prose in the book the better. James Patterson's worst ghostwriter would be ashamed of some of the literary flourishes used in this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    Must read. One of the most informative and fascinating books I’ve ever listened to. The audio version is incredibly well done. I was shocked by how little I knew about Putin and the threat he poses to the world. This book opened my eyes. Those who love stories about paramilitary, spies, murder and espionage will love this...however this isn’t fiction.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steve Carli

    As we bury our noses into useless social media apps like Facebook and TikTok, this is what's happening in the world. Raise a glass to the journalists who dig for the truth and lay it out for us to read. What they do is essential and what I read here is shocking in it's scale and nefariousness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donnacha

    Brilliant and Unputdownable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    emily

    Well, this just wasn't very good. The author begins with a hypothesis; Britain was complicit in the assassination of several oligarchs and their associates on its own soil, and fits every piece of 'evidence' to suit this view. It's not exactly unsurprising given the book's title that there is an agenda at play here and a particular point of view being put across but I didn't quite expect it to be so overt and unsubstantiated. I expected several pages of sources to follow the end of the main 'nar Well, this just wasn't very good. The author begins with a hypothesis; Britain was complicit in the assassination of several oligarchs and their associates on its own soil, and fits every piece of 'evidence' to suit this view. It's not exactly unsurprising given the book's title that there is an agenda at play here and a particular point of view being put across but I didn't quite expect it to be so overt and unsubstantiated. I expected several pages of sources to follow the end of the main 'narrative' but was greeted only by a bibliography citing a paltry eleven 'sources.' Eleven. Even speeches which would be on the public record by figures such as the Prime Minister are quoted without any reference so it goes without saying that most of what appears on the pages of this book is pure conjecture. There are many allusions to 'the spies at MI6' saying XY & Z and 'the spies at Langley' apparently countering with 'it was Russia wot done it' without an inkling of how the author came about this information. There is little evidence presented here to actually suggest the British government allowed Russia to carry out extrajudicial assassinations as it pleased just because the British economy relies on Russian money. Apart from that this is what the author thinks happened. Most of the events are simply recounted here in a rather sensationalist fashion with no more elucidating information than could be gained from a Wikipedia search or from anyone who has watched the news over the last fifteen years. Given the sketchy provenance of the source information seeming to come from the inner circle of a notorious band of criminals and frauds it takes a lot to believe the author when she states 'if what the businessman said was true it would mean...' Take everything in this book with a bucketful of salt.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    A well documented account of how Moscow executes enemies of the State beyond it's borders and walks all over the U.K.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Snead

    Excellent and frightening read. Gives significant context to and explanation of Putin’s war on dissent and the lengths Russia is willing to go on foreign soil.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melinda M

    From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West by Heidi Blake is like a thriller except it is history. It makes for an interesting reading and explains some recent events as well. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Feliciabigg

    Couldn’t put it down This is a horrifying thriller - horrifying because it’s true. Really impressed with the staggering amount of research undertaken and the excellent way the case against Russia is laid out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Fender

    I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway program. This is a disturbing and horrendous story. The obvious overreach of Putin's malignant fascist terror. But considering the US's current administration and the equally misguided UK government's current situation, I don't see anything being done to redress these unconscionable murders. The book is a fantastic example of great journalism and I read it with shock and amazement. but at this point in our current dilemma it hardly raises a blip.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Levandoski

    Wow,did not know all this is still happening. Reminds me of the Michael Caine movies back in the day. Book is clearly written,easy to read and a bit of a shocker. The title gives you all the info needed for you to decide on reading this book. This book was a winning prize for me in the Goodreads Firstread Contest.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Fascinating. Terrifying. Wonderfully written. The first portion of the book carefully lays the tracks, introducing the reader to the tangle of relevant players and events that would lead to the series of assassinations that would come later. The second portion — chillingly summarized as “money went missing, and then people started fucking dying” — moves like a freight train.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ti.Me

    Outspoken Russian runaways in foreign nations die in very odd ways. And, to keep international relations warm and cooperative, the local authorities will (whenever possible) call the killings suicides. Even if you've read extensively on the oligarchs and organized crime orgs & their governmental connections, From Russia with Blood should be on your reading list. Outspoken Russian runaways in foreign nations die in very odd ways. And, to keep international relations warm and cooperative, the local authorities will (whenever possible) call the killings suicides. Even if you've read extensively on the oligarchs and organized crime orgs & their governmental connections, From Russia with Blood should be on your reading list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carole Evans

    A rather scary book, the number of murders of Putin’s enemies in UK and Europe is startling, especially as it seems that until very recently no response from countries involved! It was really the Novichok that had greatest response toward Russia! Well worth a read, well written and interesting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, Frightening book about the Russian aggressive influence and murderous reach in the west. The UK and US non actions are appalling.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Excellent investigative journalism; reads like a spy thriller. Highly recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Wilcox

    Wow! Who needs fiction when you can read a real-life spy thriller. Scary.

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