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Putin’s Russia: The Rise of a Dictator, with Darryl Cunningham [online event]

Wednesday September 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for the online launch of acclaimed graphic novelist Darryl Cunningham’s biography of Vladimir Putin.

Master manipulator or gangster? The malign thrust of Putin’s domestic and foreign policy is exposed in Cunningham’s latest page-turning biography including his early life, political career, the wars in Chechnya, Crimea and the Ukraine, the crackdown on human rights, Brexit, Trump—and the poisonings.

Cunningham shows how the West and its leaders have been culpable in aiding Putin’s rise – Obama being a particular example. By putting all these events into a timeline, Cunningham aims to show that Putin is opportunistic rather than the master manipulator people make him out to be: ‘He’s essentially a gangster and not a particularly smart one. We need to demythologise Putin if we are to beat him.’


Darryl Cunningham is the award-winning author of Psychiatric Tales, Science Tales, Supercrash (a New York Times bestseller), Graphic Science and Billionaires, which won the Best Graphic Nonfiction category in the Broken Frontier Awards 2019. Darryl lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

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An invitation to this online event will be emailed to you on the day of the event. We will use the email address used to register for this event. Confirmation emails and invitation links sometimes end up in spam folders, so please check there before emailing the shop. Thank you.


There are various tickets available for this event: If you’d like a copy of Putin’s Russia then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please choose a solidarity ticket. There’s also a free access ticket for students, low income and unwaged comrades.

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