'The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union' by Serhii Plokhy has been declared the winner of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2015.
Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and award-winning historian, received glowing reviews on publication of his book. It was described by 'The Telegraph', quite simply, as 'masterful'.
'The Last Empire' is a fascinating interpretation of the USSR's final moments before Gorbachev's resignation in 1991. Filled with the type of political intrigue that could only exist in reality, its breath-taking narrative makes it one of the best history books of the last few years and crucial to understanding modern Russia.
Now in its third year, the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize rewards the best non-fiction writing on Russia. Its aim is to establish wider understanding of the Russian-speaking world. Previous winners have included 'Red Fortress', a history of the Kremlin, and 'Former People' about the lives of the Russian aristocracy who remained in the country after the Russian Revolution.