Masha Gessen is a journalist and one of the world’s leading writers on Russia. She is well known for her acclaimed The Man without a Face – about the rise of Putin – and has written for many leading publications, such as Slate, the New Republic and the New York Times. Other books she has authored include Dead Again, Two Babushkas and Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier. Her most recent book was Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, released in 2014, and a new work on the Boston marathon bombers, The Tsarnaev Brothers: the Road to a Modern Tragedy, is due to be published soon.
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