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Yuri Felshtinsky's Overview
- Freelance Author and Publisher at Freelance
- Advisor to the Acting Director at Channel One Russia
Yuri Felshtinsky's Summary
Yuri Felshtinsky was born in Moscow in 1956. In 1974, he began studying history at the Moscow Pedagogical Institute. In 1978, he immigrated to the United States and continued studying history, first at Brandeis University, then at Rutgers, where he received a Ph.D. in history. In 1993, he defended a doctoral dissertation at the History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, becoming the first foreign citizen to receive a doctoral degree in Russia.
Felshtinsky has compiled, edited, and annotated several dozen volumes of archival documents in Russian history. His first books, were published in Russian.
In 1998, he traveled to Moscow in order to study the political problems of contemporary Russia and became acquainted with Alexander Litnvinenko, a Lieutenant Colonel of the FSB who had cut his ties with the establishment for which he had worked over 20 years.
In 2000, Felshtinsky and Litvinenko began working on Blowing Up Russia, a book that describes the gradual appropriation of power in the Russia by the security apparatus and details the FSB’s involvement in a series of terrorist atrocities that took place between 1994-1999. The book and subsequent documentary were banned in Russia after excerpts were published in the Novoya Gazeta. Up to 2006, they gathered additional materials documenting the FSB’s involvement in the apartment-house bombings of September 1999. In November of 2006 Litvinenko was killed in London.
In 2007, Blowing Up Russia was published in twenty different countries.
Felshtinsky’s latest publications include The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin (Encounter Books, New York, 2008, w/ V. Pribylovsky); The KGB Plays Chess (Terra, Moscow, 2009, w/ V. Popov & B. Gulko); Lenin and His Comrades (Enigma Books, New York, 2010). The Putin Corporation (Gibson Square Press, London, 2012, w/ V. Pribylovsky).
His latest Russian language publication is Lev Trotsky. A 4 volume biography (Moscow, 2012-13, w/ G. Chernyavsky).
Yuri Felshtinsky's Experience
Advisor to the Acting Director
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Broadcast Media industry
1998 – 2001 (3 years)
Yuri Felshtinsky's Languages
Russian(Native or bilingual proficiency)
English(Full professional proficiency)
Yuri Felshtinsky's Projects
Yuri Felshtinsky's Honors and Awards
First foreign citizen to receive a doctoral degree in RussiaRussian Academy of Sciences
Yuri Felshtinsky's Publications
The Bolsheviks and the Left SRs
Towards a History of Our Isolation
- London, Moscow
The Failure of the World Revolution
- London, Moscow
Blowing Up Russia
Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko
Published in Twenty Countries
The Age of Assassins
- Gibson Square, London
The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin
- Encounter Books, New York
- February 25, 2009
"The twentieth century has entered history as an age of tyrants. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong. In The Corporation, Yuri Felshtinsky exposes a new type of tyrant in Vladimir Putin. While dictators of the past have been self-motivated and self-appointed, Putin was handpicked for power by Russia’s newest ruling class, the Federal Security Service (FSB). As in the handover of executive power in any large corporation, it was the desire of the “shareholders” that Vladimir Putin would guarantee their rights in the new corporate republic.
Starting with the ashes of the KGB, on through the oil tycoons of the Yeltsin era, Felshtinsky traces the development of the Russian Federation’s strange new ideology, revealing how members of Russia’s ruling class have adopted the mantra of capitalism–so hated in the old Soviet ideology. They now think and behave as the world’s most ruthless corporation.
From acts of domestic terrorism and political assassinations to windfalls in billions of dollars worth of shares in state-owned companies, The Corporation unveils the shocking truth about Putin’s reign and the team of FSB agents who serve him loyally. Even now as he leaves the presidency, Putin’s influence carries on from the prime minister’s office. The question now is: how much of Vladimir Putin’s power is his own, and how much is simply on loan to him from the Corporation?"
The KGB Plays Chess
Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Popov, Boris Gulko
- Russell Enterprises, Milford, CT
Lenin and His Comrades
- Enigma Books, New York
Lenin, Trotsky, Germany and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk: The Collapse of the World Revolution, November 1917-November 1918
- Russell Enterprises, Milford, CT, USA
The Putin Corporation
- Gibson Square Press, London
Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Georgiy Chernyavsky
Russian, Four Volume, Text
- University of Glasgow Press. Glasgow.
- Columbia University Press. New York.
Conversations with Bukharin
- Journal published in collaboration with the National Centre for Scientific Research. Paris.
- December 1990
- June 27, 2004
- Terra, Moscow
The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown
Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Boris Gulko, Vladimir Popov, Viktor Kortschnoi
- Russell Enterprises, Inc.
Yuri Felshtinsky's Skills & Expertise
- Russian History
- News Writing
- Radio Broadcasting
- Broadcast Television
- Public Speaking
- Experienced Speaker
Yuri Felshtinsky's Organizations
Commonwealth of the Independent StatesAdvisor to the Executive Secretary
- 1998 to 1999
Yuri Felshtinsky's Volunteer Experience & Causes
Yuri Felshtinsky's Education
1974 – 1977
Doctor of Science, Russian History
1974 – 1977
First foreign citizen to receive a doctoral degree in Russia
1980 – 1984
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Russian History
1985 – 1988
Fellow, Hoover Institution, Russian History
1988 – 1990
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