The most commonly covered parts of Russia are Moscow and the country's president, Vladimir Putin.
But what about the rest of the country? The day to day lives of the ordinary citizens living in Russia are the subject of longtime NPR correspondent, Anne Garrel's, latest book, “Putin Country”. She speaks with everyone from affluent professionals and activists to crime thugs and prostitutes.
Throughout the book, Garrel will find out more about why Russians continue to love Putin, even though they frequently comment that they hate his government.
Anne Garrels, former foreign correspondent for NPR, and author of the new book, “Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia.” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)