Romanian version of banned Putin biography to be released at Bookfest


‘Putin. O biografie interzisa,’ (Putin. A Forbidden Biography) by Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky, will be released on Saturday at the Corint Publishing House stand in the Bookfest international book fair in Bucharest, Agerpres informs. Banned in Russia, this Romanian version has a preface by writer and publicist Emil Hurezeanu and it unveils information likely to debunk myths and preconceptions about one of the world’s strongest men, as Belkovsky portraits Putin in no flattering words The Corint Publishing House says that, destroying all cliches, the book presents the Russian President as a man concerned with big problems who advanced in his career because he has always been loyal to his masters. Belkovsky depicts a Putin lacking any interest in ideologies and even politics, motivated only by the desire to make money for himself and his cronies, which the political analyst calls kleptocrats. Stanislav Belkovsky has been a political consultant and election strategist as well as a speech writer for well-known Russian and Ukrainian politicians. He became famous worldwide in 2007, when his claims that the personal wealth of Vladimir Putin should be standing at 40 billion US dollars were quoted by prestigious newspapers Die Welt of Germany and The Guardian. He became known in Romania in the early 2000s, when he made a shocking proposal to settle the crisis in Transdnestria: disbanding R. Moldova by annexing the separatist republic of Transdnestria to Russia and uniting R. Moldova and Romania.

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