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Killer in the Kremlin by John Sweeney review — Vladimir Putin’s bloody career

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My guess is that John Sweeney will be waiting quite a while for his next visa to Russia. I bet he’s not on the guest list for embassy blinis either. His swashbuckling book, Killer in the Kremlin, traces Vladimir Putin’s bloody career from hunting down rats in his childhood Leningrad tenement block to ordering the bombing of Chechen rebels “even as they sit on their bogs”, from the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko to the Bucha (pronounced “butcher”) massacre in Ukraine. It has been a life littered with corpses.

Killer in the Kremlin isn’t an investigative masterpiece. Rather it is a parade of adventures, told at breakneck pace, full of righteous indignation and an eye for the absurd. Some of the stories were reported on

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My guess is that John Sweeney will be waiting quite a while for his next visa to Russia. I bet he’s not on the guest list for embassy blinis either. His swashbuckling book, Killer in the Kremlin, traces Vladimir Putin’s bloody career from hunting down rats in his childhood Leningrad tenement block to ordering the bombing of Chechen rebels “even as they sit on their bogs”, from the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko to the Bucha (pronounced “butcher”) massacre in Ukraine. It has been a life littered with corpses.

Killer in the Kremlin isn’t an investigative masterpiece. Rather it is a parade of adventures, told at breakneck pace, full of righteous indignation and an eye for the absurd. Some of the stories were reported on