A groundbreaking portrait of modern Russia, Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia by The New Yorker’s Moscow correspondent Joshua Yaffa chronicles the inner struggles of those who live under Vladimir Putin’s rule. Rich and novelistic, the book introduces a remarkable cast of characters who have built their careers in Putin’s shadow. Joshua sits down with former Russia correspondent Monica Attard to discuss his compelling study of compromise, opportunism and fraught moral choices in today’s Russia, and its urgent lessons about the nature of modern authoritarianism.

Joshua Yaffa (International)

Joshua Yaffa

Joshua Yaffa is the author of Between Two Fires. He is a correspondent for The New Yorker in Moscow. For his work in Russia, he has been named a fellow at New America, a recipient of the American Academy’s Berlin Prize and a finalist for the Livingston Award.

Monica Attard (Australian)

Monica Attard

Monica Attard has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working much of that time at the ABC where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter and program host. Monica has hosted most of the ABC’s prime time current affairs programs, including PM, The World Today and Media Watch. She is the recipient of five Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism and an Order of Australia, and has an arts/law degree. Monica is also the author of a bestselling book on the collapse of Soviet communism, called Russia: Which Way Paradise?. Monica is now Head of Journalism at UTS in Sydney.