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The Silencing

by Alix Lambert

It is indisputable that Russia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to do journalism. Dozens of journalists have been killed in Russia over the past two decades just for trying to get at the truth, for trying to tell stories that will help Russians live their lives better, more honestly, with greater accountability.

This new bilingual book addresses the issue in a powerful way. It takes six cases of murdered Russian journalists and pairs photos of the murder sites with first-person accounts of the journalist’s work and life – from the people who knew and loved them. The result is an indelible image of hope amid catastrophe... of individuals’ belief in the power of words and truths to make a difference... of lives brutally cut short... of the incomprehensibly rich complexity of others’ lives – so separated from our own, and yet so jarringly close.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2008