How does the Kremlin distort reality? Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist whose parents emigrated from the Soviet Union, worked as a reality television producer in Moscow during the oil boom of the 2000s. This book is his account of the internal workings of Russia’s “great reality show.”
Pomerantsev takes his camera everywhere. Rather than focus on the unnamed President, he mingles with the motley crowd living the Russian dolce vita, from provincial gangsters in ironed tracksuits to languid girls looking for millionaire sponsors. He will “never have a cast like this again,” he realises.
Television is the glue that holds…
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