So you think it's bad for progressive intellectuals in Amerika. Check out Mother Russia. Victor Sonkin not only thinks this year's choice for the Open Russia Booker Prize is "definitely not the novel of the year," but further notes:
Adding insult to injury, the Booker committee then announced that it was parting ways with Open Russia, the foundation backed by jailed billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky that had sponsored the prize for the past four years. Open Russia is going through difficult times, what with Khodorkovsky's imprisonment, attacks in pro-Kremlin media outlets and looming new legislation that threatens the existence of NGOs.