Putin's People

Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West

History , European History, Russian History
Paperback Published on: 15/04/2021
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A president changing laws to stay in power.
Interference in US elections.
Sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe.
War in Ukraine.

This rigorous and revelatory book explains how this happened, Putin's rise to power, and how Russian black cash is subverting the world.

In Putin's People, former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton tells the untold story of the rise of Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him. Delving deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the free-wheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted their country's economy and legal system and expanded its influence in the West.

The result is a chilling and revelatory expose of the KGB's renaissance - a story that began long ago in the murk of the Soviet collapse when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of Russia and into the West. After Putin's takeover of the economy, some of these networks acquired new flows of cash to realise their goals. Based on many years of research, Belton charts the relentless seizure of private companies and the installation of those closest to Putin into the richest, highest seats of power.

Ranging from Moscow to London, Switzerland and Trump's America, and introducing a colourful cast of characters, Putin's People is a gripping and terrifying account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007578818
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Weight: 470g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 41 mm

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Putin's People
Sensational or sensationalised
Interesting to see how all the levers of state,church and banking have been adapted to deal with basic traits of hunger for power and greed. Of extra inter... READ MORE
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Putin's People
Fast paced, detailed, revealing and rapid fire style journalism
I enjoyed this book. It is a very rapid fire read and the only issue I have with it, is as you would expect, the references and notes sometimes refer to ... READ MORE
Canuck Abroad