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Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State
Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State
By David Satter
Yale University Press, 2003, 314 pp
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Satter puts the human exclamation point on Goldman's argument. With a reporter's eye for vivid detail and a novelist's ability to capture emotion, he conveys the drama of Russia's rocky road for the average victimized Russian. There is the mother of a sailor doomed on the Kursk submarine; the aunt of a murdered woman stonewalled by local police too indifferent to investigate; a woman trying to salvage a life's savings sunk in a collapsing pyramid scheme; and a surgeon frantically (and unsuccessfully) trying to save a patient's life when the power goes off in the operating room because the local electric company has shut it down. True, this is only half of the story of what is happening in Russia these days, but it is the shattering half, and Satter renders it all the more poignant by making it so human.