Sergii Rudenko

Anatomy of Hate Putin and Ukraine
Manuscript. Kyiv. approx. 170 pages
Available by January 15th 2024

This is the new book by Ukrainian journalist Sergii Rudenko, author of a political Zelenskyi Biography sold in 2022 in more than 25 languages.

Russia‘s war against Ukraine is the most important event in the life of President Vladimir Putin. He staked everything on this war: the future of Russia, his political career, his well- being and even his life. He has already dedicated his entire presidency to trying to conquer Ukraine.

For him, the “Ukrainian question” became, without exaggeration, a matter of life and death. Putin‘s hatred of Ukraine rests on a good foundation – the Ukrainophobia that has prevailed in Russia for centuries.

This book is, of course, about when, how and why Vladimir Putin started the largest conti- nental war in Europe since World War II – from a Ukrainian perspective. Because the West has learned but still must continue to learn that the Eastern European perspective on these events matters. Especially the view of Ukraine, which, as a direct victim, also defends the values of the West. Telling us even more about the history of this decision-making, which is also rooted in Putin‘s personal relationship with Ukraine, this book is an almost exclusive look behind the scenes of this relationship.

Rudenko has been a political journalist in Ukraine since Putin came to power in Russia and even before. Since then he has built up a network for insider and first-hand information, which gives him access to people who know Putin well or who met him directly during their work. For this book he interviewed and spoke to the following:

Yuri Shvets, Putin‘s former classmate at the Academy of Foreign Intelligence Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2004–2010)
Vladimir Ogryzko, Foreign Minister of Ukraine (2007–2009)
Valentin Nalyvaichenko, head of the SBU (2006-2010 and 2014-2015)
Pavel Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine (2014–2019)
Roman Tsymbalyuk, UNIAN‘s own correspondent in Moscow (2008-2021), the only Ukrainian journalist accredited in Russia 2014-2021
Mark Feigin, deputy of the State Duma of Russia (1994–1995), Russian opposition activist, lawyer Andrei Piontkovsky, Russian opposition leader and Putin critic
Konstantin Eggert, former editor-in-chief of the Russian BBC service, opposition Russian journalist