Putin s People

A Sunday Times bestseller | A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Named a best book of the year by Financial Times | New Statesman | The Telegraph "[Putin's People] will surely now become the definitive account of the rise of Putin ...

Author: Catherine Belton

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374712786

Category: History

Page: 640

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A Sunday Times bestseller "This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades." —Peter Frankopan, Financial Times Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it? In Putin’s People, the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin’s Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia’s economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin's reach into the United States and Europe. The result is a chilling and revelatory exposé of the KGB’s revanche—a story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad. Ranging from Moscow and London to Switzerland and Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach—and assembling a colorful cast of characters to match—Putin’s People is the definitive account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.

Mr Putin

... from their proximity to Putin, is an issue that crops up repeatedly in discussions
of Russian governance and economic ... Charles Clover, “Putin's People,”
Financial Times, May 30, 2012, at www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8d0ed5ce-aa64-11e1-
899d- ...

Author: Fiona Hill

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 081572618X

Category: Political Science

Page: 533

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From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the man at war with the West. Where do Vladimir Putin's ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go? The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of the adversary. Today, Vladimir Putin has become the greatest challenge to European security and the global world order in decades. Russia's 8,000 nuclear weapons underscore the huge risks of not understanding who Putin is. Featuring five new chapters, this new edition dispels potentially dangerous misconceptions about Putin and offers a clear-eyed look at his objectives. It presents Putin as a reflection of deeply ingrained Russian ways of thinking as well as his unique personal background and experience. Praise for the first edition If you want to begin to understand Russia today, read this book. —Sir John Scarlett, former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) For anyone wishing to understand Russia's evolution since the breakup of the Soviet Union and its trajectory since then, the book you hold in your hand is an essential guide.—John McLaughlin, former deputy director of U.S. Central Intelligence Of the many biographies of Vladimir Putin that have appeared in recent years, this one is the most useful. —Foreign Affairs This is not just another Putin biography. It is a psychological portrait. —The Financial Times Q: Do you have time to read books? If so, which ones would you recommend? "My goodness, let's see. There's Mr. Putin, by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy. Insightful." —Vice President Joseph Biden in Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview.

Politics and the Ruling Group in Putin s Russia

In the Security Council Putin's people are to be found at the deputy level. Among
his presidential representatives Putin has placed FSB staff at the top of the very
important Central Federal District, whose centre is Moscow. At the deputy level ...

Author: S. White

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230583067

Category: Political Science

Page: 173

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There is little consensus about the nature of the political system that has emerged during the Putin presidency. This collection considers the issues arising in this connection, focusing more closely on institutions such as the presidency and the security police, and on the socioeconomic dimensions of political power.

Putin s Russia

Lynch law is the order of the day, both in people's minds and in their actions. An
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. The President himself has set an example by
wrecking our major oil company, Yukos, after having jailed its chief executive, ...

Author: Anna Politkovskaya

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446448371

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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A former KGB spy, Vladimir Putin is one of the world’s most enigmatic figures. This is his Russia. Internationally admired for her fearless reporting, award-winning journalist Anna Politkovskaya turns her steely gaze on President Putin and his early regime in this explosive book. From Putin’s tyrannical grip on ordinary citizens to rampant corruption in highest ranks of the government, as well as Mafia dealings, scandals in the provinces and the decline of the intelligentsia, Politkovskaya offers a scathing condemnation of the President and his rule, revealing a shocking state of affairs: soldiers dying from malnutrition, parents requiring to bribes to recover their dead sons' bodies and conscripts are being hired out as slaves. More relevant and important than ever in today’s political landscape, Putin's Russia is both a gripping portrayal of a country in crisis and the testament of an extraordinary reporter. ‘A searing portrait of a country in disarray and of the man at its helm, from the bravest of journalists’ New York Times ‘Anna Politkovskaya is a heroic journalist’ Guardian ‘We will continue to learn from her for years’ Salman Rushdie

Putin And The Rise Of Russia

Putin's. people. 'The Russians' Byzantine policy, working in the shadows,
carefully conceals from us all that is thought, done and feared throughout the
country.' Marquis de Custine, Journey for Our Time It was in the foggy winter days
before ...

Author: Michael Stuermer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297856839

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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A brilliant analysis of Putin and the key role a resurgent Russia has to play in world affairs. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the world was left wondering about its destiny. Russia is still an enormous power with a population exceeding 140 million, immense military resources and giant energy reserves - in short, a vast land full of promise and opportunity. Russia has the potential to be a force of stability or a force of turmoil, but when it comes to global affairs, can she be persuaded to join the world order? Will yesterday's revolutionary power become tomorrow's stabilizer? Professor Stuermer's authoritative and timely account considers a Russia going through a defining phase after the departure of Vladimir Putin. History is on the move: we face an open and challenging future in which Russia, for better or for worse, will play a key role.

The Putin Paradox

Putin's. people. and. power. Putin is one of the most traduced political leaders of
our era. Matt Taibbi calls this 'Putin derangement syndrome', the exaggerated
and fact-free assertion of supernatural and typically demonic powers to the man.

Author: Richard Sakwa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1838603719

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

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Vladimir Putin has emerged as one of the key leaders of the twenty-first century. However, he is also recognized as one of the most divisive. Abroad, his assertion of Russia's interests and critique of the western-dominated international system has brought him into conflict with Atlantic powers. Within Russia, he has balanced various factions within the elite intelligentsia alongside the wider support of Russian society. So what is the 'Putin paradox?' Richard Sakwa grapples with Putin's personal and political development on both the international political scene and within the domestic political landscape of Russia. This study historicizes the Putin paradox, through theoretical, historical and political analysis and in light of wider developments in Russian society. Richard Sakwa presents the Putin paradox as a unique regime type - balancing numerous contradictions - in order to adapt to its material environment while maintaining sufficient authority with which to shape it.

Vladimir Putin and Russia s Imperial Revival

... 29 (4): 591–607. Ebel, R. E. 2009. The Geopolitics of Russian Energy: Looking
Back, Looking Forward. Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International
Studies. Economist. 2007a. Putin's people (August 25). 384 (8543): 5. Economist.

Author: David E. McNabb

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 149877749X

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Discerning the early stages of the rebirth of a new Russian empire from the ashes of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Imperial Revival argues that Russia’s recent overtly aggressive actions and foreign policy doctrines have signaled a renewal of the Cold War. At the least, Russia’s actions represent the potential for renewal. This book explains these developments in a historical context. The book begins by describing Russia’s initial policy of rapprochement after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its development into a foreign policy of threatened or actual armed aggression. It identifies today’s Russia as a nation determined to re-establish itself as a political and military force. As a prominent figure in the development and continuation of its current foreign policy, Vladimir Putin plays a central role in the topics covered. Previous literature often treats Putin as an individual phenomenon examining his connections to corruption or the secret police, but here David E. McNabb examines him as the latest in a long history of Russian despots who followed similar expansionist policies. He details some of the tactics Putin uses to instill fear and dominate political policies of republics newly independent from Russia. These tactics include the use of energy as a weapon, cyber terrorism, and military support for ethnic Russian separatists in other sovereign nations, most recently exemplified by Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine via armed invasion. In an attempt to demystify Russia’s re-emergence as an international political force, Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Imperial Revival grounds its analyses in history. It explores as far back as the establishment of the first Russian empire, and regards Putin as a leader determined to establish a fifth imperial incarnation. It provides a nuanced understanding of how Russia arrived at its current position through recent and distant internal and international events.

Russia as a Great Power

Dimensions of Security Under Putin Jakob Hedenskog, Vilhelm Konnander, Bertil
Nygren, Ingmar Oldberg, Christer ... It is Gleb Pavlovskii who argues most
consistently that the Russians, who have turned into 'Putin's people', should shed

Author: Jakob Hedenskog

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134239165

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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After a period of relative weakness and isolation during most of the 1990s, Russia is again appearing as a major security player in world politics. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of Russia's current security situation, addressing such questions as: What kind of player is Russia in the field of security? What is the essence of its security policy? What are the sources, capabilities and priorities of its security policy? What are the prospects for the future? One important conclusion to emerge is that, while Russian foreign policy under Putin has become more pragmatic and responsive to both problems and opportunities, the growing lack of checks and balances in domestic politics makes political integration with the West difficult and gives the president great freedom in applying Russia's growing power abroad.

Putin v the People

Author: Samuel A. Greene

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300238398

Category: Europe

Page: 287

View: 556

A fascinating, bottom-up exploration of contemporary Russian politics that sheds new light on why Putin's grip on power is more fragile then we think What do ordinary Russians think of Putin? Who are his supporters? And why might their support now be faltering? Alive with the voices and experiences of ordinary Russians and elites alike, Sam Greene and Graeme Robertson craft a compellingly original account of contemporary Russian politics. Telling the story of Putin's rule through pivotal episodes such as the aftermath of the "For Fair Elections" protests, the annexation of Crimea, and the War in Eastern Ukraine, Greene and Robertson draw on interviews, surveys, social media data, and leaked documents to reveal how hard Putin has to work to maintain broad popular support, while exposing the changing tactics that the Kremlin has used to bolster his popularity. Unearthing the ambitions, emotions, and divisions that fuel Russian politics, this book illuminates the crossroads to which Putin has led his country and shows why his rule is more fragile than it appears.

Blueprint for Revolution

To illustrate this point, consider the story of my favorite modern monarch, Russia's
Vladimir Putin the First. We all remember when King ... The more Putin's people
pushed, the more famous Pussy Riot became. The members of the band who ...

Author: Srdja Popovic

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0812995317

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 947

An urgent and accessible handbook for peaceful protesters, activists, and community organizers—anyone trying to defend their rights, hold their government accountable, or change the world Blueprint for Revolution will teach you how to • make oppression backfire by playing your opponents’ strongest card against them • identify the “almighty pillars of power” in order to shift the balance of control • dream big, but start small: learn how to pick battles you can win • listen to what people actually care about in order to incorporate their needs into your revolutionary vision • master the art of compromise to bring together even the most disparate groups • recognize your allies and view your enemies as potential partners • use humor to make yourself heard, defuse potentially violent situations, and “laugh your way to victory” Praise for Blueprint for Revolution “The title is no exaggeration. Otpor’s methods . . . have been adopted by democracy movements around the world. The Egyptian opposition used them to topple Hosni Mubarak. In Lebanon, the Serbs helped the Cedar Revolution extricate the country from Syrian control. In Maldives, their methods were the key to overthrowing a dictator who had held power for thirty years. In many other countries, people have used what Canvas teaches to accomplish other political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting the environment.”—The New York Times “A clear, well-constructed, and easily applicable set of principles for any David facing any Goliath (sans slingshot, of course) . . . By the end of Blueprint, the idea that a punch is no match for a punch line feels like anything but a joke.”—The Boston Globe “An entertaining primer on the theory and practice of peaceful protest.”—The Guardian “With this wonderful book, Srdja Popovic is inspiring ordinary people facing injustice and oppression to use this tool kit to challenge their oppressors and create something much better. When I was growing up, we dreamed that young people could bring down those who misused their power and create a more just and democratic society. For Srdja Popovic, living in Belgrade in 1998, this same dream was potentially a much more dangerous idea. But with an extraordinarily courageous group of students that formed Otpor!, Srdja used imagination, invention, cunning, and lots of humor to create a movement that not only succeeded in toppling the brutal dictator Slobodan Milošević but has become a blueprint for nonviolent revolution around the world. Srdja rules!”—Peter Gabriel “Blueprint for Revolution is not only a spirited guide to changing the world but a breakthrough in the annals of advice for those who seek justice and democracy. It asks (and not heavy-handedly): As long as you want to change the world, why not do it joyfully? It’s not just funny. It’s seriously funny. No joke.”—Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties and Occupy Nation

Russia During President Putin s Second Term

According to industry experts, car ownership in Russia increased from 147 cars
per 1,000 people in 2003 to 160 cars per 1,000 people in 2005. However, car
penetration is still somewhat lower than in other European emerging markets, ...

Author: Marat Terterov

Publisher: GMB Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1846730090

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 40

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Researched and written by lawyers and professional based in the country, this authoritative report considers the latest market reforms and the changes to law and commercial practice in Russia. It covers: recent trends in the Russian investment climate; legal developments and business legislation; changes in the taxation system for 2005-06. It also looks at key trends in Russian business/economic sectors during 2005: energy sector / energy sector legislation; IT and Telecoms; automotive sector; retail; brewing, and at recent mergers and acquisitions. It also includes a special case study: privatisation developments in St.Petersburg during 2005. Contributors include Deloitte & Touche; CMS Cameron McKenna; KPMG; Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners; etc.

Profiles of People in Power

Despite mounting international criticism of the war, Putin retained his lead over
other Russian politicians and clinched the presidency in the first round of
elections in March 2000 with 52.9% of the vote. His nearest rival, the Communist

Author: Roger East

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317639391

Category: Reference

Page: 656

View: 224

This new work of biographical reference presents succinct narrative biographies of every serving head of state and head of government. Its content covers approximately 200 countries and territories and provides over 300 biographical profiles. Each country section contains: * A brief explanation of its type of government and the roles of the head of state, the head of government and the legislature * Lists of the most recent heads of state and head of government, with dates of office * Biographical profiles of current head of state and government, and other recent incumbents of these positions who remain significant and active political leaders * A photographic section of a selection of the world's key political leaders * A full index by name, date of taking office, and source of authority.


And people can not only be proud of such a country – they will multiply its wealth,
will remember and respect our great history. This is our strategic goal. (Putin,
state-of-the-nation address, 16 May 20031) In his work on political leadership ...

Author: Richard Sakwa

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415296641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 307

View: 207

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Art and Protest in Putin s Russia

As more and more people joined the demonstration, their euphoria grew to fever
pitch. Although the 24 December demonstration changed Russia, the period of
euphoria was tolerated only until Vladimir Putin was once again installed as ...

Author: Lena Jonson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317543009

Category: Art

Page: 266

View: 133

The Pussy Riot protest, and the subsequent heavy handed treatment of the protestors, grabbed the headlines, but this was not an isolated instance of art being noticeably critical of the regime. As this book, based on extensive original research, shows, there has been gradually emerging over recent decades a significant counter-culture in the art world which satirises and ridicules the regime and the values it represents, at the same time putting forward, through art, alternative values. The book traces the development of art and protest in recent decades, discusses how art of this kind engages in political and social protest, and provides many illustrations as examples of art as protest. The book concludes by discussing how important art has been in facilitating new social values and in prompting political protests.

Television and Presidential Power in Putin s Russia

campaign team as the champion of the great mass of people who felt alienated
by the system that had developed in Russia since the end of Soviet rule. Putin
was represented as opposing the entrenched interests of the Yeltsin clique and
the ...

Author: Tina Burrett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136857559

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 145

As a new president takes power in Russia, this book provides an analysis of the changing relationship between control of Russian television media and presidential power during the tenure of President Vladimir Putin. It argues that the conflicts within Russia’s political and economic elites, and President Putin’s attempts to rebuild the Russian state after its fragmentation during the Yeltsin administration, are the most significant causes of changes in Russian media. Tina Burrett demonstrates that President Putin sought to increase state control over television as part of a larger programme aimed at strengthening the power of the state and the position of the presidency at its apex, and that such control over the media was instrumental to the success of the president’s wider systemic changes that have redefined the Russian polity. The book also highlights the ways in which oligarchic media owners in Russia used television for their own political purposes, and that media manipulation was not the exclusive preserve of the Kremlin, but a common pattern of behaviour in elite struggles in the post-Soviet era. Basing its analysis predominately on interviews with key players in the Moscow media and political elites, and on secondary sources drawn from the Russian and Western media, the book examines broad themes that have been the subject of constant media interest, and have relevance beyond the confines of Russian politics.

First Person

Reveals the childhood, education, and personal life of Russia's newest president through interviews with Vladimir Putin, his wife, staff, and friends.

Author: Vladimir Putin

Publisher: Public Affairs

ISBN: 9781586480189

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 206

View: 826

Reveals the childhood, education, and personal life of Russia's newest president through interviews with Vladimir Putin, his wife, staff, and friends.

Seven Days

... Putin's people were investigating him for “irregularities”. He lives in England
now, but there are quite a few stories in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune
about his connections with the Solntsevo Brotherhood. And that is organised

Author: Deon Meyer

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802193935

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 198

Detective Griessel must solve a cold case to stop a shooter in this thriller from the acclaimed South African author. Two police officers have been shot, and the Cape Town homicide department has received emails from the shooter alleging the cover-up of an unsolved murder. If the cold case isn’t reopened immediately, the shooter’s carnage will continue. Now Det. Capt. Benny Griessel is out to solve the crime in question: the murder of an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her luxury apartment. Unfortunately, there’s no apparent motive, forensic evidence, or leads. As Griessel races to piece together an investigation with nothing to go on and his colleague, Capt. Mbali Kaleni, attempts to locate the shooter, a third cop becomes the victim of another barrage of bullets. The shooter is growing bolder by the day, and it’s only a matter of time before Griessel ends up in his sights . . . “What makes Meyer such a national treasure—and as good as anyone in the world—is that even if you have no knowledge or interest in South Africa’s history or present, his books are compelling page-turners.” —The Times (London) “Superior prose and characterization . . . reminiscent of Peter Lovesey at his twistiest.” —Publishers Weekly “Sleekly done crime fiction layered with the cultural complexities of the new South Africa.” —Booklist

HOPE Healing Our People Earth

On the last day of the twentieth century, yeltsin unexpectedly resigned and his
deputy Vladimir Putin stepped in as acting president. His subsequent eight-year
double term as president brought a new era of prosperity to Russia, but was
allied ...

Author: Jude Currivan

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1848506473

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 352

View: 343

As a cosmologist and healer, Dr Jude Currivan has journeyed to nearly seventy countries around the world and has explored and studied numerous important sacred sites and places of conflict. HOPE shares her understanding and experiences of the energetic connections between people and places from a spiritual perspective which is informed and expanded by leading edge science. HOPE investigates too how different groups and countries reflect and embody the same themes and issues that we experience on an individual human level. It reveals how the history of different areas of conflict around the world and our collective fear-based behaviours are based on traumas that we have energetically continued to resonate with - and crucially how to heal and release them. HOPE also shows the cosmic connection between astrological influences and the 'bigger picture' of what is unfolding, and explores why 2012 is so synchronistically destined to offer us the breakthrough of a shift of collective consciousness – if, as the Mayans say, we choose to do so!


Vladimir Putin. We have already had a lot of destroyers. One war after another,
one revolution after another. We need creators. I would really like to see more
and more creators among those people who are actively involved in politics, As
in ...

Author: Vladimir Putin

Publisher: ITBM

ISBN: 9674306080


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