Chechen War Veteran Zahar Prilepin is an unabashed nationalist and critic of the Kremlin.
"…The paradoxes are endless. It’s only when you see Prilepin and his work in the context of his generation that the picture starts to make sense. Born in 1975, he grew up in a provincial intelligentsia family during the stifling days of Brezhnev stagnation. But as he came of age, his country fell apart and the certainties of Soviet life disintegrated into a kaleidoscope of ideologies. Small wonder, then, that Prilepin’s world view seems patched together from so many apparently contradictory sources—a bit of Tolstoyan mysticism, some German nationalism, a dash of Jeffersonian democracy…."