Set in the Soviet Union around the time of the infamous coup of August 1991, the story centres on the discovery of a priceless icon: a third version of the Old Testament Trinity by Russia’s greatest icon painter, the Black Monk, Andrei Roublev.
A collection of articles from Melbourne’s ‘The Age’ newspaper, where these pieces were first published. Vitaliev brings a Russian perspective to experiences as diverse as Saturday night at St Kilda police station to crossing the Nullabor.
Revelations of an unwilling exile Vitali’s fearless journalism made him a national hero in the USSR, as well as a sitting target for the criminals he has helped to convict. In this book he investigates the continuing miscarriages of justice – punitive psychiatry, labour camps, rampant anti-semitism, lack of food, violence in the Baltic Republics… Continue reading Dateline Freedom
Investigating in the Soviet Union In the late 1980s, Vitali Vitaliev investigates Mafia-organized crime, prostitution (which does not “officially” exist), corrupt special shops for the party elite, and the Leningrad Fascist movement. It is an account of what has been happening inside the world’s largest Communist state, and the wind of change that has come… Continue reading Special Correspondent