If you check out the September issue of GQ you’ll see on the cover a picture of Michael Jackson, a nod to tennis star Andy Roddick’s wife and a ranking of obnoxious colleges and top drinking cities. But, what you won’t see is any mention of Scott Anderson’s digging into a 1999 bombing in Russia.
Anderson, 50, is an accomplished journalist and the reason the piece is being buried has much to do with the nature of “Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to Power.”
The piece “challenges the official line on a series of bombings that killed hundreds of people in 1999 in Russia. It profiles a former KGB agent who spoke in great detail and on the record, at no small risk to himself.” And yet, GQ’s parent company, Conde Nast, has decided to make the piece go away. You can’t even find it on the internet and you can be sure that no Russians will see it either because Conde Nast is bowing to fear from retrobution from Putin’s government.
“If you’re worried about repercussions and you bow to them, you’re basically surrendering to the other side,” Anderson says.