Ilya Repin, “Reply of the Zaparozhian Cossacks” (Wikimedia Commons)
A Conversation with Boris Akunin
“Such a System is Chemically Incompatible with Democracy”

A bestselling crime writer in exile discusses why he left Moscow, how fiction and history shed light on Putin’s Russia, and why implementing democracy in Russia is still an uphill battle.

Published on: July 12, 2019
Jeffrey Gedmin is editor-in-chief of The American Interest. Laure Mandeville is a French author and senior reporter for Le Figaro. Boris Akunin is a bestselling author, essayist, and literary translator.
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