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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

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2 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

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.

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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.