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

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A Sunday Times bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Named a best book of the year by The Economist Financial Times New Statesman The Telegraph

[Putin's People] will surely now become the definitive account of the rise of Putin and Putinism. --Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic

This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades. --Peter Frankopan, Financial Times

Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin's Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it?

In Putin's People, the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia's economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin's reach into the United States and Europe. The result is a chilling and revelatory expos� of the KGB's revanche--a story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad.

Ranging from Moscow and London to Switzerland and Brooklyn's Brighton Beach--and assembling a colorful cast of characters to match--Putin's People is the definitive account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.

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

Author Bio

Catherine is the former long-serving Moscow Correspondent for the Financial Times. She has previously reported on Russia for the Moscow Times and Business Week. In 2008, she was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the year at the British Press Awards and now works as a Special Correspondent for Reuters. She lives in London.

Her first book, Putin’s People, published by William Collins in 2020, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and a Times, Sunday Times, and Telegraph Book of the Year.

“Books about modern Russia abound… Belton has surpassed them all. Her much-awaited book is the best and most important on modern Russia. It benefits from a meticulous compilation of open sources, but also from the accounts of disillusioned Kremlin insiders, former business cronies and some remarkably candid people still high up in the system. The result is hair-raising.” THE TIMES.

 

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