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Russian deputy premier to present his book at London fair

April 16, 2013, 8:27 UTC+3

The book highlights Rogozin’s angle of view at the history of contemporary Russia, relations with the West and his own political career

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LONDON, April 16 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who has occupied a number of lynchpin political posts since the start of his career in the mid-1980’s, will present his book titled ‘The Hawks of Peace: Notes of the Russian Ambassador’ at the London Book Fair.

The book highlights Rogozin’s angle of view at the history of contemporary Russia, relations with the West and his own political career. He reveals some details of the war on terrorism in Chechnya and Georgia’s aggression against the Republic of South Ossetia in 2008.

Rogozin dwells on the last three decades of our country’s history, the fall-apart of the USSR, the rise of a new Russia, the inception of his career in politics, activity as deputy of the State Duma, and work in the capacity of the Russian ambassador to NATO – a post that he held from 2008 through to 2011.

The book unveils Rogozin views about the people and events that determined the plight of post-Communist Russia and that are crucial to the understanding of the country’s past and future.

His overall objective is to present a deep-going analysis or relations between Russia and the North-Atlantic Pact, including the dramatic period of Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia.

Rogozin’s book also contains unique documents pertaining to the conflict in Chechnya. For instance, he offers the content of warlord Shamil Basdayev’s letter to the Russian leadership, which the infamous terrorist wrote a day before a group of his associates attacked a general school in Beslan

Basayev declared his separatist program in that letter, which was partly made public during the trial of Beslan hostage-takers. However, this is the first time the letter is published in full.

“The Western reader now has a rare opportunity to look at Russian current affairs through the eyes of a Russian,” the Glagoslav Publications publishing house says in an annotation to the signal copies of the book, which it says “is addressed to politicians, historians, diplomats, experts and professional military men, as well as a wider audience.”

The somewhat ironic title, ‘The Hawks of Peace’ indicates Russia’s readiness to defend its strategic interests in relations with NATO, which does not mean however that it inclines towards confrontation.

This willingness does is based on the acknowledgment of reciprocal security guarantees.


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