‘Strongly written, well-researched and timely… Kicking the Kremlin should be read now.’
'This book gives a fascinating peek at the shifting political landscape in one of the world’s most opaque nations.'
– Press Association
'A compelling account of how a disparate set of political groups came together to create the largest anti-government protests Russia has seen in living memory. Bennetts doesn’t attempt any grand theologising nor does he impose his own politics on the account – which in this case is welcome.'
– New Statesman
'A lively, sardonic account of Putin’s reign and those opposed to it'
'Bennetts' entertaining book Kicking the Kremlin could hardly have come at a better time… Bennetts is well-placed to write the book. The huge variety of his interviews, through which he elicits a pleasing selection of anecdotes, as well as accusations of being a foreign spy, show his familiarity with the country and its people.'
– We Love This Book
'An engagingly grim, frequently absurdist portrait of Vladimir Putin and the popular protests against him.'
– Kirkus Reviews
'Dark, compelling, and illuminating. Bennetts meets priests, lawmakers, spin-doctors, ordinary Russians, left-wing agitators, and riot cops in this vivid first-hand portrait.'
– Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent and author of Mafia State
'Colourful and authoritative. The best account of Russia's protest movement and Putin's ferocious crackdown.'
– Angus Roxburgh, author of The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
'Vivid and insightful. Bennetts captures a transitional moment in Russian history. Years from now, when researchers are seeking to explain the second Putin era, they would do well to use this reportage.'
– Daniel Kalder, author of Lost Cosmonaut
'Bennetts has done an excellent job of drawing together the scattered beads of a sobering story.'
– Susan Richards, author of Lost and Found in Russia: Encounters in a Deep Heartland