VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
2054 – Putin decodiert
Alexander Rahr
04.10.
Roter Salon

Literature
In German

Book launch and discussion

Read by Haralampi G. Oroschakoff
Presented by Alexander Neu (member of the Bundestag)

Wladimir Putin’s power evokes admiration in some, and suspicion and fear in others. What makes the president so successful? Does he know things other heads of government don’t? Russia insider Alexander Rahr unravels his plot surrounding politicians and secret services based on this question, including the prophecies of Nostradamus and three generations of Russian expatriates, who chase after an aeroplane from the future. Is there really a testimony of time travel in the Kremlin – or do they get lost in a delusional idea? Much of what Rahr has learnt in the back rooms of power must officially be kept to himself. Yet in this literary labyrinth he can reveal many a secret and lay bare the hidden structures of Russian and international politics.

ALEXANDER RAHR, born 1959 in Taipeh, a historian specialising in Eastern Europe, a political scientist, publicist and one of Germany’s leading Russia experts. Following his studies in Munich, he worked as an analyst, working for the German Council on Foreign Relations for 18 years amongst other things. 2004 to 2015 he was on the steering committee of the Petersburg Dialogue. He is the author of several works of non-fiction such as ‘The cold friend. Why we need Russia’ (Hanser 2011). Rahr is owner of the Federal cross of merit.

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