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Putin's People

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Catherine Belton

The Russian economy was heavily influenced by the KGB during the Soviet era. Although their influence declined in the 1990s with the rise of young oligarchs, Vladimir Putin's presidency provided an opportunity for prior KGB agents to regain their control over Russian business and politics. Throughout his time in power, Putin has steadily weakened democratic principles in Russia by consolidating control over the media and other industries while he has pursued a mission of expanding Russian influence and fostering divisions in Western countries.

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Putin's People offers a startling portrayal of the corruption and political intrigues surrounding Russia's notorious president, Vladimir Putin, and his inner circle. Furthermore, the book highlights the multifaceted role of the KGB, which extends beyond its reputation as the secret police force of the Soviet Union and explores the story of how the KGB experienced a loss of power, subsequent resurgence, and continued exploitation of its influence within the Soviet government and economy.

Book summary

The Russian economy was heavily influenced by the KGB during the Soviet era. Although their influence declined in the 1990s with the rise of young oligarchs, Vladimir Putin's presidency provided an opportunity for prior KGB agents to regain their control over Russian business and politics. Throughout his time in power, Putin has steadily weakened democratic principles in Russia by consolidating control over the media and other industries while he has pursued a mission of expanding Russian influence and fostering divisions in Western countries.

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Vladimir Putin worked for the KGB before going into politics.

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Due to Vladimir Putin's influence, the KGB played a significant role in the economic affairs of St. Petersburg.

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After his relocation to Moscow, Putin rapidly ascended the political ladder.

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Putin's acquisition of Yukos marked the KGB's victory over the oligarchy.

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Through a number of financial strategies, Russia started to penetrate London.

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