This book I'm reading...it's scary. It's the future of Russia re-imagined, with all the nostalgia for the absolutism gone wrong and turned inside out, where bigotry and puritanism and patriarchy and righteous violence mix with reverence and tears spilled over touching songs and hallucinogenic drugs enjoyed in the technologically outfitted dens for high-elite police whose job is to kill and to rape and to pillage and to burn, a la Ivan the Terrible, hence, oprichniks.
Brrr...this is not a book, it's a prophecy. It's the shit that happens in Russia now. Read it to glimpse the horror. Beautifully written.