Yuri Felshtinsky

Yuri Felshtinsky


United States
Writing and Editing

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Yuri Felshtinsky's Overview

  • Freelance Author and Publisher at Freelance

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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

Freelance Author and Publisher


2001Present (13 years)

Freelance Author, Publisher, Journalist

Advisor to the Acting Director

Channel One Russia

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Broadcast Media industry

19982001 (3 years)

Yuri Felshtinsky's Languages

  • Russian

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Full professional proficiency)

Yuri Felshtinsky's Projects

  • Blowing Up Russia. Documentary film, 42 min.

    • 2002 to Present
    Team Members: Yuri Felshtinsky

    Transparencies Productions, Paris.

  • Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot. C-Span, 60 min.

    • 2007 to Present
    Team Members: Yuri Felshtinsky

Yuri Felshtinsky's Honors and Awards

  • First foreign citizen to receive a doctoral degree in Russia

    Russian Academy of Sciences
    • 1993

Yuri Felshtinsky's Publications

  • The Bolsheviks and the Left SRs

    • Paris
    • 1985
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky

    Russian text

  • Towards a History of Our Isolation

    • London, Moscow
    • 1988
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky

    Russian text

  • The Failure of the World Revolution

    • London, Moscow
    • 1991
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky

    Russian text

  • Blowing Up Russia

    • 2007
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko

    Published in Twenty Countries

  • The Age of Assassins

    • Gibson Square, London
    • 2007
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky
  • The Corporation: Russia and the KGB in the Age of President Putin

    • Encounter Books, New York
    • February 25, 2009
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky

    "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

    • Russell Enterprises, Milford, CT
    • 2010
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Popov, Boris Gulko
  • Lenin and His Comrades

    • Enigma Books, New York
    • 2010
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • Lenin, Trotsky, Germany and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk: The Collapse of the World Revolution, November 1917-November 1918

    • Russell Enterprises, Milford, CT, USA
    • 2012
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • The Putin Corporation

    • Gibson Square Press, London
    • 2012
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky
  • Lev Trotsky

    • Moscow
    • 2013
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Georgiy Chernyavsky

    Russian, Four Volume, Text

  • The Legal Foundations of the Immigration and Emigration Policy of the USSR, 1917 - 1927

    • University of Glasgow Press. Glasgow.
    • 1982
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky

    Russian text

  • Trotsky's Notebooks. Writings on Lenin, Dialectics, and Evolutionism. 1933-1935

    • Columbia University Press. New York.
    • 1986
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • Conversations with Bukharin

    • Moscow
    • 1993
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin and the Left Opposition in the USSR, 1918 - 1928

    • Journal published in collaboration with the National Centre for Scientific Research. Paris.
    • December 1990
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • Big Bosses

    • Moscow
    • 1999
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • The Operation Successor. A political portrait of Vladimir Putin.

    • June 27, 2004
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky

    Russian text

  • Leaders the Mobsters

    • Terra, Moscow
    • 1999
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky
  • The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown

    • Russell Enterprises, Inc.
    • 2011
    Authors: Yuri Felshtinsky, Boris Gulko, Vladimir Popov, Viktor Kortschnoi

Yuri Felshtinsky's Skills & Expertise

  1. Russian History
  2. Writing
  3. Editing
  4. Documentaries
  5. Journalism
  6. Interviews
  7. News Writing
  8. Radio Broadcasting
  9. Broadcast Television
  10. Public Speaking
  11. Experienced Speaker
  12. Documentations
  13. Teaching
  14. Annotation
  15. News

Yuri Felshtinsky's Organizations

  • Commonwealth of the Independent States

    Advisor to the Executive Secretary
    • 1998 to 1999

Yuri Felshtinsky's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • President and Executive Director

      American Help Foundation
      1990 1998 (8 years)

Yuri Felshtinsky's Education

Moscow Pedagogical State University

Russian History


Moscow Pedagogical State University

Doctor of Science, Russian History


First foreign citizen to receive a doctoral degree in Russia

Brandeis University


Rutgers University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Russian History


Stanford University

Fellow, Hoover Institution, Russian History


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