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Introduction Vladimir Putin (03:33)


Putin rose from an unemployed spy to the president of Russia, entering his third term of presidency in the spring of 2012. Former police investigator Andrey Zykov created videos citing Putin's criminal activities. Karen Dawisha gathers information for "Putin's Kleptocracy."

Deputy Mayor Putin (03:49)

Putin worked as an officer in the KGB, until its collapse. He returned to his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Putin’s background as a spy was useful to his boss, Anatoly Sobchak.

Hunger in St. Petersburg (03:03)

Putin assured residents food was on its way. A program allocated raw materials for companies to sell abroad and purchase food. City councilor Marina Salye investigated when most of the promised food never arrived; she recommended turning the case over to prosecuting attorneys.

Putin's Cohorts (03:58)

Putin was involved in the disappearance of 2.5 rubles that were used to build villas in Spain for himself and his friends. Sobchak lost an election and escaped prosecution after claiming to suffer from a heart attack.

Putin Biography Showed KGB Man (02:33)

Shortly after Putin became prime minister in the fall of 1999, bombs destroyed apartment buildings in Moscow and other cities overnight. The public was informed that it was the work of terrorists.

Attacking Chechnya (02:52)

After the apartment bombings, Putin rose to popularity via launching an attack on the supposed perpetrators. The elections were postponed, leading to Putin's rise to presidency in 2000.

FSB Apartment Bombing Connection (03:38)

A bomb made of military exclusive materials was found in the basement of an apartment building in Ryazan, Russia. It was placed by the Russian Federal Security Service, who claimed it was training related.

Political Corruption (03:58)

Political analyst and voice for Putin, Sergey Markov, insists that the apartment bombings are not tied to Putin and warns the interviewer not to be "a victim of propaganda." Moscow attorney Mikhail Trepashkin was jailed for two years after investigating the apartment bombings. Putin granted immunity to Yeltsin as soon as he had presidential power.

Running a Corrupt State (03:24)

When Putin first came into office, people hoped that the result would be a more Western nation. In 2003, he brought the country’s oligarchs together in a meeting; Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the wealthiest man in Russia, spoke out about the corruption.

Political Threat (03:36)

Putin had Khodorkovsky arrested and jailed. He feels Putin is slipping towards a totalitarian way of government. German police raided a small company near Frankfurt called SPAG, finding links to Putin and money laundering, but the investigation was dropped.

Peter's Group (03:25)

During the early days of his presidency, Putin worked to charm other world leaders, especially those in the west. Exiled Russian construction mogul Valery Morozov asserts that Putin and Yeltsin are criminals.

Diversion of Funds (03:35)

Exiled Russian business tycoon Sergei Kolesnikov details the proxies created to divert money into Putin's accounts. Money is funneled into charities then through a complex process to end up in Rosinvest, a fund which Putin owns 94% of. An extravagant palace rumored to belong to Putin was erected near Sochi in Russia.

Prisoner of Power (03:25)

Because of a constitutional law, Putin had to leave office for one term. In fear his immense wealth would jeopardize his safety and control under the eyes of a new president, he had his selected prime minister serve. He returned to power where he may remain until 2024.

Russian Economy (03:37)

Dawisha explains the skewed economy of Russia, where 110 people control 35% of the nation's wealth. Putin claims to be protecting Russians as an ethnic group.

Ostracized at Global Summit (02:26)

Putin attended the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, not long after the Malaysian aircraft shoot down that had further plummeted Russia's popularity with other countries. He left early after being avoided by other world leaders.

Credits: Putin's Way (02:30)

Credits: Putin's Way

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FRONTLINE and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation go behind the latest headlines to investigate Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his remarkable ascent from unemployed spy to modern-day czar, and the persistent accusations of criminality and corruption that have accompanied that rise. Trace Putin's career back two decades to his political start in St. Petersburg, where allegations of corruption began almost immediately. The film chronicles Putin's ascent as Boris Yeltsin's chosen successor, examines his controversial ties to former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, and revisits the horrific 1999 Moscow apartment bombings— which continue to haunt the country, with unanswered questions about the role of Russian security services and Putin's complicity. From a senior police officer who tried to arrest Putin on corruption charges, to an investigator who tried to investigate the apartment bombings, to former writers and documentarians hired to burnish his reputation, Putin's Way offers key players' accounts portraying a Russian leader who began by professing hope and democracy but now is stoking nationalism, conflict, authoritarianism, and a complicated relationship with the West. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL114692

Copyright date: ©2015

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