Arkady Babchenko was born in Russia in 1977. He fought as an 18-year-old conscript in the first Chechen War of 1995-6 and then volunteered to return for six months in 2000 during the second Chechen War. A law graduate, he has worked in Moscow as a currently journalist for the non-conformist newspaper Novaya Gazeta. This is his first book. He is married with one small child.