Vladimir Putin and the Struggles for Russia

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Former BBC Moscow correspondent Angus Roxburgh charts the fight for Russia’s future under Vladimir Putin. His book The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggles for Russia examines how the former KGB man changed from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West’s respect but earned its fear, and how he cracked down on his rivals at home and developed a personality cult.


Angus Roxburgh
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Comments [7]

alex from New York

how odd that journalists like Paul Khlebnikov are never mentioned. He had written about the Russian billionaire Berezovski, about the ill gotten gains by the robber barons of the 90s and he was promptly murdered. Why do you forget people like him? He was your colleague, whose death orphaned several children as well as any hope for truth.

Feb. 28 2012 06:33 PM

Single streamback, may be it was Winamp

Feb. 28 2012 12:51 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

You have to cut Putin some slack. He was RAISED and brainwashed as a KGB agent, and you might as well have tried to change J.Edgar Hoover as trying to change Putin. We have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that the next generation will be more in turn to truer democratic values. Even the US still has problems with that/.

Feb. 28 2012 12:34 PM
marc from Brooklyn, New York

His behavior is better understood by the book “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout

Feb. 28 2012 12:33 PM

12:31 PM
Have you been hacked by the Ruskies?
I am getting 2 (at least) audio streams!

Feb. 28 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Did Putin's comments about Anna Politkovskaya's death hurt his popularity, at least temporarily?

Feb. 28 2012 12:21 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

The fact that he was willing to work for Putin compromises his journalistic integrity.

Feb. 28 2012 12:15 PM

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