Books to Learn About Russia

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible:  Adventures in Modern Russia (4*) by Peter Pomerantsev (one of several books that I read recently to prepare for cultural training in Russia, between China and Russia.  Quite insightful and engaging to read)

How Russia Really Works (3*) by Alena V. Ledeneva (another book I read to prepare for the China-Russia training, perhaps a bit more dry to read but still insightful)

Russia’s Economy of Favours (3*) by Alena V. Ledeneva (another book I read to prepare for the China-Russia training, which gives insight in particular to how things are motivated and achieved, or perhaps the art of persuasion the Russian way.  Still dry and scholarly, but insightful)