Book review: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev - Putinism and the oil-boom years
The war in eastern Ukraine, rumbling into life once more after the collapse of an unsteady ceasefire, has created a widening breach between Russia and the west, with relations now worse than they have been in decades. In Russia, the hardening of the domestic consensus behind Putin has been helped along by the media’s increasingly strident nationalism, and by a propaganda chorus about western plots to undermine and destroy the country. The Kremlin’s control of the airwaves has been central to this effort; indeed, the capacity to bend public perceptions has been an integral part of Putin’s rule since he first came to power 15 years ago.
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev. Riviewed by Tony Wood
But although his PR gurus have proved adept at blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, they didn’t create the widespread disorientation on which Putinism thrives. As Peter Pomerantsev’s new book makes clear, it has much deeper roots, in the tumult and delirium of the country’s post-Soviet transformations….