From russia with blood : the kremlin's ruthless assassination program and vladamir putin's secret war on the west

by Heidi Blake

Hardcover, 2018




New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2018.


The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad-while Western spies watched in horror as their governments failed to guard against the threat. They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs, dissidents, and gangsters who fled to Britain after Vladimir Putin came to power dropped dead in strange or suspicious circumstances. One by one, their British lawyers and fixers met similarly grisly ends. Yet, one by one, the British authorities shut down every investigation-and carried on courting the Kremlin. The spies in the riverside headquarters of MI6 looked on with horror as the scope of the Kremlin's global killing campaign became all too clear. And, across the Atlantic, American intelligence officials watched with mounting alarm as the bodies piled up, concerned that the tide of death could spread to the United States. Those fears intensified when a one-time Kremlin henchman was found bludgeoned to death in a Washington, D.C. penthouse. But it wasn't until Putin's assassins unleashed a deadly chemical weapon on the streets of Britain, endangering hundreds of members of the public in a failed attempt to slay the double agent Sergei Skripal, that Western governments were finally forced to admit that the killing had spun out of control. Unflinchingly documenting the growing web of death on British and American soil, Heidi Blake bravely exposes the Kremlin's assassination campaign as part of Putin's ruthless pursuit of global dominance-and reveals why Western governments have failed to stop the bloodshed. The unforgettable story that emerges whisks us from London's high-end night clubs to Miami's million-dollar hideouts, ultimately rendering a bone-chilling portrait of money, betrayal, and murder, written with the pace and propulsive power of a thriller. Based on a vast trove of unpublished documents, bags of discarded police evidence, and interviews with hundreds of insiders, this heart-stopping international investigation uncovers one of the most important- and terrifying-geopolitical stories of our time. --… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member GlennBell
This is an interesting story about the enemies of Putin that have been assassinated. The reporting of this information appears to have substantiation. If this is correct it seems that the authors may be now enemies of Putin’s regime. M6 and the CIA probably know much more about this but it is not convenient politically to confront these events. It is disturbing what goes on behind the scenes in the world of espionage.… (more)
LibraryThing member clamato
Well written and very unnerving. Fightening how easy it was to have so many people eliminated. It was an interesting read but one I could only read in short bursts as I had some very bad dreams! I saw the author interviewed on Amanpour and was intrigued.



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