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Aleksandr Verkhovskii (ed), Putiami nesvobody [By Paths of Bondage]. Moscow: Information-Analytical Center ‘SOVA’,2005. 184 pp. ISBN 5-98418-004-9 (hb). Reviewed by Stephen D. Shenfield (Independent Analyst, Providence, RI, USA). Most of the articles in this collected volume analyze Russian nationalist ideas, primarily as expressed within the political mainstream –although, as Galina Kozhevnikova explains, a range of ideas and individuals previously considered extremist and relegated to the margins of public life (Aleksandr Dugin being the most notorious case in point) have now been incorporated into the mainstream. Kozhevnikova has two articles. In the first she discusses the nationalism of political figures especially close to or supportive of Putin. In the second she analyzes the internet output of the Political News Agency (APN), which – together with the associated Institute of Political Strategy – serves as a vehicle for a circle of publicists who advocate authoritarian and imperial policies. The ideas of another circle of active publicists, the ‘liberal conservatives’ associated with the magazine Ekspert and the (now defunct) Serafimov Club, are the focus of an article by Verkhovskii. Two articles in this volume survey and analyze the ideologies of specific segments of the Russian nationalist scene. Marlène Laruelle examines the heterogeneous elements that constituted the left-nationalist electoral bloc Rodina(Motherland). In October 2006 Rodina merged with other groups to form the new party Spravedlivaia Rossiia (Fair Russia). A second article by Verkhovskii dissects tendencies