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Nicolai Lilin was born in 1981 and grew up in the small republic of Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognised. Nicolai left home to fight in the Russian army against the Chechens. He later lived in Ireland, before moving to Italy, where he continues to work as a tattooist in Turin.
A shocking expose of an extraordinary Siberian criminal underworld. We are transported to a world of extraordinary violence where even children are sucked into a truly shocking code of behaviour.You cannot describe the morality of this world because there is no morality. Yet the criminal protagonists live by a traditional and, among themselves, respected code of behaviour. To go against it, or even be ignorant of it, is to risk unspeakable revenge - even among one's own family. Among the unworthy, you yourself have become unworthy. 'Dignity, once lost, never returns'. Reading this book, you become part a criminal world where 'the only thing a worthy criminal takes from the cops is a beating, and even that he gives back, when the right moment comes'. Be very careful.
Free Fall tells the brutal engrossing story of the Second Chechen War, through the eyes of a young Russian Soldier. Nicolai Lilin was trained as a sniper in an unorthodox Russian Special Forces regiment called the Saboteurs. This hardened and close-knit band of brothers, operating beyond the control of military code, faced mercenary fighters, anti-personnel mines and torture of the most extreme kind. Free Fall offers a sniper's-eye view of one of the most controversial wars in living memory. It is unflinching, unforgiving and unputdownable.