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Dressed Up for a Riot Audiobook
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Dressed Up for a Riot Audiobook



by Michael Idov

  • Narrated by: Michael Idov
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Release date: 02-20-18
  • Language: English

In this crackling memoir, the journalist and novelist Michael Idov recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside – and closely observing – the media and cultural elite of Putin’s Russia.

After accepting a surprise offer to become the editor in chief of GQ Russia, Idov and his family arrive in a Moscow still seething from a dubious election and the mass anti-Putin rallies that erupted in response. Idov is fascinated by the political turmoil but nonetheless finds himself pulled in unlikely directions. He becomes a tabloid celebrity, acts in a Russian movie with Snoop Dogg, befriends the members of Pussy Riot, punches an anti-Semitic magazine editor on the steps of the Bolshoi Theatre, sells an autobiographical sitcom pilot that is later changed into an anti-American farce, and writes Russia’s top-grossing domestic movie of 2015.

Meanwhile, he becomes disillusioned with the splintering opposition to Putin and is briefly attracted to a kind of jaded Putinism lite – until Russia’s invasion of Ukraine thoroughly changes his mind.

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Michael Idov




8 hrs and 9 mins

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Michael Idov

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