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Putin: Prisoner of Power

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Narrated by: Misha Glenny
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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 21st-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 and Crimea and increased the powers of the KGB. Finally, Misha considers what Putin might do next.

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Editorial Review

More than the man that meets the eye

Vladimir Putin has quickly become one of the most fascinating figures on the world stage. Dangerous, powerful, enigmatic, and oppressively omnipresent, yet reserved and nearly impervious, he is a nearly impossible person to understand from afar. But as one of the modern world’s longest serving leaders (20 years and counting), he has changed. Not necessarily for the better, but his growth is fascinating for what it reveals of the machinations that have made him into more than just a powerful man, but a symbol of Russian Oligarchy. This biopic is a riveting recording, delivered in podcast style. It’s truly captivating for what it reveals about the highest levels of Russian government, but it also explores human nature perverted by power, our modern media experience, and political maneuverings that astonish with their pure Machiavellian and brutal instinct. —Michael D., Audible Editor

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