Political exile abroad has long figured prominently in the Russian consciousness, Gregory Feifer (Russia, 2000-2002) writes in a Times Literary Supplement review of two new important books: The Compatriots by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, and Cold War Exiles and the CIA, by Benjamin Tromly.

“A political descendant of the Bolshevik regime’s thugs,” he writes, “Putin proved willing to perfect the kinds of repressive measures practiced not only by the Soviet Union but also during centuries of tsarist rule, now greatly facilitated by new technology and open borders.”

Read the full article here.

Image credits here.