* Literary Review * Robert Service, our pre-eminent Kremlinologist, does not offer a lot of new gossip about Putin. In Kremlin Winter, Robert Service, acclaimed biographer of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky and one of our finest historians of modern Russia, brings his deep … Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing upheaval and transformation. His research interests concern Russian history and politics in all its aspects, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Despite this, there have been signs of liberal growth and Putin - and Russia - now faces a far from certain future. Putin knows Russia is no longer a superpower, but he can bolster his standing at home by destabilising the west, writes author Robert Service Published: 15 Nov 2017 Published: 15 Nov 2017 Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and of St Antony's College, Oxford. Change is possible, but readers of the Kremlin Winter will surely wonder how things got so bad. He does not believe in demonising the Russian leader. He has written several books, including the highly acclaimed Lenin: A Biography, Russia: Experiment with a People, Stalin: A Biography and Comrades: A History of World Communism, as well as many other books on Russia's past and present including Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin. Rather, in a piece of superb analysis, he sets out how Putin the man was swallowed up by the machine he created. * The Times * show more Robert John Service FBA (born 29 October 1947) is a British historian, academic, and author who has written extensively on the history of the Soviet Union, particularly the era from the October Revolution to Stalin's death. Service concludes with a defence against pessimism, and a call for hope. Robert Service is a British academic and historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. Kremlin Winter: Russian and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin by Robert Service (Picador, £25) Read more book reviews on theartsdesk; @mmcosmoi The Last of the Tsars by Robert Service review – dispelling the myths ... Putin’s government, along with Russian public opinion, is still conflicted in … He is a professor of Russian history at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. „Un portret magistral al lui Putin şi al Rusiei.” (Daily Telegraph) Bun cunoscător al Rusiei, Robert Service face un portret al omului care o conduce şi ne arată ce s-ar putea întîmpla în viitorul apropiat. Service was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize for his biography Trotsky (Harvard Updating his acclaimed "History of Modern Russia," Robert Service provides a panoramic perspective on a country whose Soviet past encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror, and two world wars. https://www.hoover.org/events/robert-service-putins-russia-threat-or-opportunity Robert Service, a noted Russian historian and political commentator, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.