When we talk about Russian and Soviet classical music, several composers' names appear fairly often, including Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, and many others. More recently, several critics, authors, and performers have begun talking about a figure who has been dubbed 'the third great Soviet composer' (after Shostakovich and Prokofiev).
The best books on Putin’s Russia recommended by Simon Pirani. Vladimir Putin has crafted a careful narrative about his rise to power and rescuing of Russia. The trouble, says author and academic Simon Pirani, is it isn’t true.