It was extremely tough for our 2016 Pushkin House Prize judges to come up with a six-book shortlist and so we would like to share with you their individual 'favourites' - more specialist books not, on the shortlist, but which they singled out as noteworthy.
Judge: Geoffrey Hosking, Emeritus Professor of Russian History, School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University College London
Mustafa Tuna, 'Imperial Russia’s Muslims' (Cambridge University Press)
"Tuna's book gives a vivid picture of Russian Muslims, their culture, personal development, religious evolution, and interactions with Russian society and officialdom from the late 18th to the early 20th century. He makes good use of a variety of sources, and includes a number of revealing life stories.”
Judge: Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist
Steven Lee Myers, 'The New Tsar' (Simon & Schuster)
"Steven Lee Myers' has produced the most penetrating biography of the Russian leader to date. It is the minutely-observed study of a man who believes he stands between order and chaos, but whose chilly authoritarianism will haunt Russia and its neighbours for years to come."
Judge: Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Owen Hatherley, 'Landscapes of Communism' (Penguin)
"Proof, once again, that architecture and art can speak of history - both of great events and ordinary life - better than documents and political analysis."
"Очередное доказательство того, что архитектура и искусство рассказывают об истории, и пафосной и бытовой, лучше чем документы и политические анализы.”
Judge: Serhii Plokhy, professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University
Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer, 'Conflict in Ukraine' (MIT)
"Menon and Rumer bring their expertise on the history, culture and politics of the region to contextualize and explain the worst crisis in the East-West relations since the end of the Cold War. Their conclusions are not only shocking but also instructive: there is no longer a European security structure that Russia and the West agree on. Europe has to create one in order to move ahead."
Judge: Baroness Elizabeth Smith, founding trustee of the John Smith Trust
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, 'The Red Web' (Public Affairs)
"An excellent analysis of post-Soviet censorship and the internet by two Russian journalists. It is very welcome that their analysis can receive a wider audience in the English speaking world."