I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country
English | October 17, 2023 | ASIN: B0BXFGD543 | M4B@65 kbps | 14h 18m | 411.85 MB
Author: Elena Kostyuchenko, Bela Shayevich – translator, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse – translator
Narrator: Tiana Yarik
“A haunting book of rare courage.” —Clarissa Ward, CNN chief international correspondent and author of On All Fronts
A fearless, cutting portrait of Russia and an essential cri de coeur for journalism in opposition to the global authoritarian turn
To be a journalist is to tell the truth. I Love Russia is Elena Kostyuchenko’s unrelenting attempt to document her country as experienced by those whom it systematically and brutally erases: village girls recruited into sex work, queer people in the outer provinces, patients and doctors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, and reporters like herself.
Here is Russia as it is, not as we imagine it. The result is a singular portrait of a nation, and of a young woman who refuses to be silenced. In March 2022, as a correspondent for Russia’s last free press, Novaya Gazeta, Kostyuchenko crossed the border into Ukraine to cover the war. It was her mission to ensure that Russians witnessed the horrors Putin was committing in their name. She filed her pieces knowing that should she return home, she would likely be prosecutedand sentenced to up to fifteen years in prison. Yet, driven by the conviction that the greatest formof love and patriotism is criticism, she continues to write.
I Love Russia stitches together reportage from the past fifteen years with personal essays, assembling a kaleidoscopic narrative that Kostyuchenko understands may be the last work from her homeland that she’ll publish for a long time—perhaps ever. It exposes the inner workings of an entire nation as it descends into fascism and, inevitably, war. She writes because the threat of Putin’s Russia extends beyond herself, beyond Crimea, and beyond Ukraine. We fail to understand it at our own peril.