FINAL: Vote For Best Title

And the final results are:

Putin Derangement Syndrome 14
Dark Lord of the Kremlin 27
No preference / can’t decide which I hate more 13

Surprised to see such a clear lead for DLK… thought it’d be closer to a tie. But it’s my favorite too, so Dark Lord of the Kremlin it will be.

Thanks to all for participating in the polls to decide on the name of the book.

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


Apart from writing booksreviewstravel writing, and sundry blogging, I Tweet at @powerfultakes and run a Substack newsletter.


  1. I don’t like either one. As someone else suggested, write the book first and then figure out the title.

    • Jennifer Hor says


      I agree with Scowspi: write the book first, then work out the title. The title might even suggest itself as you’re writing the book so by the time you finish, there’s no need to figure it out.

      Whereas if you give the book the title now, the danger is it dictates how you write the book and you may end up restricting yourself and not do your subject justice.

    • Respectfully disagree.

      Even at a basic level, if someone asks me what I’m doing, I reply I’m writing a book, and he asks what is it’s title, what am I going to answer?

      I already have 11,000 words. I do wish to get the title out of the way. It can of course be changed at a later time should a radically better option suggest itself, as Jennifer says.

      • I also came up with “Demintern: The Propaganda War Against Russia in Word and Deed” but that would be too focused on the NED/NRI/et al and not enough on the big picture.

  2. Whoops! I just left a comment similar to the above advice on your previous thread. Write and adapt. If someone asks, tell them it “corrects media misperceptions about Russia”–you can get the point across in five words or less and still give people the general gist of the project. If you go around calling it “Dark Lord of the Kremlin,” it’ll take even longer to explain 1) what it is that you’re working on, and then 2) how that relates to the title itself, since (as you and others have noted) it is not entirely clear to someone who may not already know you, or read your blog, or have any idea about Russia in general, what your predispositions are and how they figure into your choice of book title. Anyway, there’s two more cents to throw into the collection plate.

  3. I looked this word in the dictionary since I have noticed the first time “Derangement”
    Looks a nice word.
    But how many people know the meaning of this word?

  4. While writing your book, Anatoly, you might be interested in the concept of Western media perception of Russia as the “Decaying East”, totally mirroring the late Soviet propaganda myth about the “Decaying West”.

  5. The Dark Lord of the Kremlin is a pretty good title and memorable that basically covers the western perspective on Putin and Russia that he and his Soviet era intelligence networks have wings that spread into Europe and America secretly conspiring to subvert and weaken the west.

    Do you have any ideas for conceptual cover art for the book in mind?

    William Dunkerley book The Phoney Litvenenko Murder has terrible cover art that looks as if was done on MS Paint.,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

    Will you be covering how Putin dealt with the Chechnya, Caucasus and Islamic terrorism in comparison with US lead western efforts after September 11th in Afghanistan and Iraq?

  6. New book about Putin has just been released in a English PDF format Putin’s new Russia co-edited by Alexandre Latsa.

    Press Release: the book Putins New Russia is available.

    The editors Jon Hellevig and Alexandre Latsa have brought in a host of contributors that have the independence and courage to speak out against the willful and malicious propaganda war against Russia in which the western media is an all too willing accomplice with its gross double standards, hypocrisy and venal stupidity. Most of the contributors, a true “coalition of the unwilling”, have experienced at firsthand the years of anarchy and the emergence of the normal country under Putin. They comprise mostly Western scholars, businessmen and analysts like: Eric Kraus, Patrick Armstrong, Jon Hellevig, Alexandre Latsa, Mark Chapman, Anatoly Karlin, Nils van der Vegte, Aleksander Grishin, and Craig James Willy.

    The book is published by American non-profit NGO “Kontinent USA”
    1800 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009

    For a reader of dominant western media all the received myths about Putin and Russia which the media has so deceitfully cultivated during the last ten years will be thoroughly uprooted. The reader is offered a fresh and new view on virtually everything you may think you know about contemporary Russia: its political system, leaders, economy, population, so-called opposition, foreign policy and much more. It will emerge that much of it is either seriously flawed or just plain wrong. This has not happened by accident. This book explains why it happened.

    Putin’s New Russia not only provides a more balanced view of Russia’s post-Soviet history, but it also shames the vast majority of western journalists who have covered Russia over the past two decades, and the so-called “expert Russia watchers” employed by faux NGOs and think-thanks. These are two circles of people who reinforce the same tired and fundamentally flawed interpretation of just about everything related to Russia. Both claim to inform, but what they really do is to disinform the western public so as cast Putin and Russia in the image of an enemy with all the leeway it allows for furthering their geopolitical goals. The contributors to this book contest the image presented by the mainstream press. The book exposes the bogus rhetoric of Western governments, their special purpose think-tanks and NGOs. It brings to light the misuse by them of such lofty terms as “democracy”, “human rights” and “civil society” as a front in the service of achieving geopolitical advantage.