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  • Summary

  • On New Year's Eve 1999, a young Vladimir Putin appeared on Russian TV screens "” awkward, self-conscious... and the new President. Two decades later, Putin is still in power, standing self-assured and at ease on the world stage. How did a once little known KGB bureaucrat become one of the most dominant figures of twenty first century politics?

    In this gripping narrative history, Misha Glenny, journalist and best-selling author of McMafia, tells the story of an unexpected and swift rise to power "” one full of political intrigue, backroom deals, courtroom battles and war.

    Insider Kremlin accounts and well-known journalists reveal how Putin was first chosen by Yeltsin and the Oligarchy and how he then went head to head with Russia's richest man. After Putin had consolidated power he needed to stay in power. The second half of the series tells the story of how he took over the media, Crimea and increased the powers of the KGB. Finally, Misha considers what Putin might do next.

    Produced by Dasha Lisitsina, Executive Producer Russell Finch.
    A Somethin' Else production for Audible Originals.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all7 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2019 Audible, Ltd. (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.
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  • Aug 19 2019

    The seeds of Putin's rise to power lie in a slightly unusual place: 1990s Moscow where, after 70 years of communism, "gangster capitalism" arrived.

    Here we tell the story of how a young graduate student at The Institute of Controlled Sciences became one of the richest men in Russia and the Kremlin's Power Broke - Boris Berezovsky.

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    27 mins
  • Aug 19 2019

    In 1998, a big financial crash hit Moscow. President Yeltsin’s popularity plummeted. Boris Berezovsky and Yeltsin’s family started the search for a successor. Why did they choose Putin and how did they mould Putin into a President the nation could get behind?

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    25 mins
  • Aug 19 2019

    As soon as Putin became President, he started eliminating his immediate rivals. First, Putin went after the very man who helped anoint him - Boris Berezovsky. Along the way, he seized control of the TV stations.

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    24 mins

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Background Filler

Western agenda-driven in nature, it had a tone of propaganda throughout, in my opinion.

It was interesting to listen to in the background, however I felt there could've been more meat on the bones.

Performance was serviceable.

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  • 03-01-2021

engaging, insightful, very well presented.

thoroughly researched, to the point, and filled with lots of great vignettes, an excellent podcast - give it a listen.

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Excellent

Fantastic insight into the Russian leader. Only disappointment was that there wasn't more. Narrator excellent.

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Great starter to Kremlin policy

Great intro to Kremlin policy before the war in Ukraine. Interesting interview with insiders.

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Brilliant

Every one needs to hear this and look up the Grozny wars . Gives you insight into this guy

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good intro to who Putin is.

obviously difficult to pin down exactly what makes the leader of any nation, Russia especially, tick, but it's a good intro.
enjoyed it and now looking for more on the topic.

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very informative

very good and very informative podcast. I recommend everyone liaten to it, it is very informative

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Riveting stuff

Lots of twists and turns, intrigue and suspence. Fascinating story that would interest many.

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Comprehensive historical information

Loved it. As each part of Putins history was explained I was thinking "Ahhhhhhh. I remember that. That makes sense now."
Thank you.

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interesting

I struggled to get into this. however after I finished the first two episodes it became extremely interesting to hear about how the wheels of Russia turned. its not like you hear alot about it.
very interesting how Russia is now so dependent on Putin.

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  • Steve G.
  • 19-10-2020

trash the music

interesting and informative. Well written and narrator does a good job. But the music is completely superfluous and distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-2020

the Musik was trash

honestly loved the information but the Musik made this unkomfortable to listen to but overall I like it

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  • TIG
  • 05-05-2022

excellent story well told and produced

highly recommend this! excellent story well told and produced. hoping to see more stories / documentaries from Misha and his team.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-2022

Great!

The podcast is good and would like to share this to my friends!!! And would like to know more

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  • 28-02-2022

Excelente!!!

Este contenido debe estar disponible en sitios como Crimea. Y enrendí lo entrenada que está la bravura de los Ucranianos.

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