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Dressed up for a riot: misadventures in Putin's Moscow

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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
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275 pages ; 22 cm
Colonial Heights
070.92 I21 2018
Valley Hi-North Laguna
070.92 I21 2018


A memoir of revolution, reaction, and Russian men's fashion In this crackling memoir, the journalist and novelist Michael Idov recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside-and closely observing-the media and cultural elite of Putin's Russia. After accepting a surprise offer to become the editor in chief of GQ Russia, Idov and his family arrive in a Moscow still seething from a dubious election and the mass anti-Putin rallies that erupted in response. Idov is fascinated by the political turmoil but nonetheless finds himself pulled in unlikely directions. He becomes a tabloid celebrity, acts in a Russian movie with Snoop Dogg, befriends the members of Pussy Riot, punches an anti-Semitic magazine editor on the steps of the Bolshoi Theatre, sells an autobiographical sitcom pilot that is later changed into an anti-American farce, and writes Russia's top-grossing domestic movie of 2015. Meanwhile, he becomes disillusioned with the splintering opposition to Putin and is briefly attracted to a kind of jaded Putinism lite- until Russia's invasion of Ukraine thoroughly changes his mind. In Dressed Up for a Riot, Idov writes openly, sensitively, and stingingly about life in Moscow and his place in a media apparatus that sometimes undermined but more often bolstered a state system defined by cynicism, corruption, and the fanning of fake news. With humor and intelligence, he offers a close-up glimpse of what a declining world power can become.

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Idov, M. (2018). Dressed up for a riot: misadventures in Putin's Moscow. First edition. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Idov, Michael, 1976-. 2018. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Idov, Michael, 1976-, Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

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Idov, Michael. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow. First edition. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.

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