SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE, THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE and THE LONGMAN HISTORY TODAY PRIZE 2017, THE TIMES, BBC HISTORY and TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016. 'Masterful, gripping ...filled with astonishing, vivid and heartbreaking stories of crime and punishment, of redemption, love and terrifying violence. It has an amazing cast of despots, murderers, whores and heroes. It's a wonderful read' (Simon Sebag Montefiore).
It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof'. From ..