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From Russia With Blood by Heidi Blake

From Russia with Blood: Putin's Ruthless Killing Campaign and Secret War on the West

Heidi Blake

2.50 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 28 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780008300050

The explosive, untold story of how Russia mastered the art and science of targeted assassination. 'A real life thriller, packed with characters that even John le Carre couldn't dream of. If this doesn't scare you, then you're not paying attention.' Oliver Bullough

3 stars out of 5
Michael Burleigh
2 Feb 2020

"Blake has written a pacy, fact-based thriller about the locals who tend to the needs of rich Russians in London"

This is a revealing Sunday newspaper-type romp through the nether regions of Mayfair and the corrupt and sordid world of British fixers, but there is nothing here that sheds any light on ‘Himself’ (as Putin is known in the Kremlin). As for our local Ali Baba’s cave in London, don’t expect much to be revealed when the Johnson government releases the long-delayed parliamentary report on Russian connections to British political figures.

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2 stars out of 5
Mark Urban
15 Dec 2019

"This investigation tries to prove the links between a series of suspicious Russian deaths on British soil"

Unable to call upon the state’s investigative resources, we journalists, in compiling lists of victims whose deaths were suspicious but ultimately cannot be explained, might simply be muddying the waters — and unintentionally amplifying a message of fear, that Putin’s arm is long and his vengeance is total.

3 stars out of 5
Roger Boyes
14 Dec 2019

"Much of Blake’s narrative is well known. "

The force of Berezovsky’s oversize personality helps to prevent this story becoming just a blood trail. One of Berezovsky’s former protection officers tells Blake that he had conducted an “ingestion audit” to determine how the exiled oligarch could be vulnerable to a Kremlin poisoning attempt. They compiled an extraordinary catalogue of his fine wine and whisky consumption.