Pushkin House Book Prize 2020: The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev

PONARS Eurasia
30 Oct 2020

(Pushkin House) Sergei Medvedev, a historian, writer and journalist, has won this year's Pushkin House Russian book prize for his work The Return of the Russian Leviathan on contemporary Russia.

A prestigious jury overseeing the Prize -- awarded each year for the best non-fiction writing in English on the Russian-speaking world -- singled out his work among six strong shortlisted finalists whose varied books covered culture, history, politics, science and the environment.

Sergei Medvedev is the first Russian-based author to win the prize. His book was translated into English by Stephen Dalziel and published by Polity. [...]

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 “Sergei Medvedev is not just a first-rate scholar and thinker; he is also a talented writer. If you are looking for one book to help you understand today’s Russia and its government, we recommend this book."

Serhii Plokhy, professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University and chair of the judges