Title: The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep
Author: David Satter
Satter, David (2016). The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin. New Haven: Yale University Press
Date Updated: February 13, 2017
Reviewed in The Intelligencer
The story of how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, why Putin was chosen as his successor, and how Putin has suppressed all opposition while retaining the appearance of a pluralist state. As Putin consolidated dictatorial power, he faced weak opposition by Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister; but Nemtsov was murdered at a location under around-the-clock surveillance by Mr. Putin’s personal guard. Problem solved.
 The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 2, Spring 2016, p. 139)