Russian Security Council (04:17)
Vladimir Putin addresses his council from a table several feet away. Experts reflect on the strangeness of the event and each member pressing Putin to invade Ukraine; Putin berates his intelligence chief. Putin has been building up to war for many years. (Credits)
KGB Service (04:44)
As an officer, Putin learns to see enemies and threats to the Soviet Union. His first job is in counterintelligence. While Putin is in Dresden, Germany, the Soviet Union collapses; it is a humiliating and defining moment in his life.
Putin's Rise to Power (04:53)
Putin, a master bureaucrat, gains the trust of Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin promotes him to leader of the FSB and then prime minister. Suspicious apartment bombings occur, giving Putin the excuse to attack Chechnya. A few months later, Putin becomes president.
President Putin (03:59)
Putin commissions film and photo shoots that display strength, health, and virility; he cultivates the public image of a reformer. Putin meets U.S. president Bill Clinton in the Kremlin. Experts reflect on Putin's body language. Clinton warns Yeltsin about Putin.
Putin Consolidates Power (05:32)
Putin takes control of Russian television and pursues his vision of a restored Russian empire. He sends the army to respond to a school hostage crisis in Beslan; over 320 people die. Putin demands a security shakeup, cancels elections, and forces outspoken members out of Parliament.
Color Revolutions (04:27)
Popular uprisings occur in former Soviet republics. Putin believes they are an effort by the United States to install anti-Russian regimes. At the 2007 Munich Security Conference, Putin aggressively airs grievances against the U.S., setting Russia on a course of conflict and war.
Arab Spring (02:11)
Putin views protests for democracy in the Middle East as U.S. interference. Rebels in Libya capture and kill his ally Muammar Gaddafi; Putin becomes fixated on the incident.
Moscow Demonstrations (03:15)
Over 100,000 people protest at the Kremlin; smartphone videos of election fraud evidence play a crucial role. Putin responds with force and persecution. Many of his opponents flee Russia or die mysterious deaths.
Putin's Vision (05:43)
Russia hosts the Olympic Games in 2014. Protests in Ukraine call for resistance to Russian dominance. Putin denies sending uniformed forces to Crimea, but Russia gains control of the area. Putin supports a separatist war in East Ukraine. The U.S. imposes Russian sanctions.
Cyber Retaliation (04:55)
Russia attacks the 2016 U.S. presidential elections by breaching the DNC servers, leaking information, and creating a campaign of misinformation; Putin denies the hacking. Some Russian legislators toast Donald Trump's victory. To ordinary Russians, Trump's win demonstrates Putin's power.
Trump and Putin Meet (04:02)
At a joint press conference in Helsinki, Trump addresses a question about Russian election interference. Putin tightens his hold on Russia through various means, including military acts in Syria. The U.S. is clearly a divided nation.
Putin the Great (03:14)
Putin wants to be a great historical figure and reunite Ukraine with Russia. He attacks Kyiv on February 24, 2022. Refugees flee across European borders and experts wonder if World War III will begin.
Credits: Putin's Road to War (00:60)
Credits: Putin's Road to War
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