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Putin's Kleptocracy

Putin's Kleptocracy

Who Owns Russia? / Karen Dawisha

Book - 2014
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The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha's brilliant Putin's Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia.

Russian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin's kleptocratic regime. She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle's use of public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000. She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya, now sanctioned by the US; the rise of the Ozero cooperative, founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes; the links between Putin, Petromed, and "Putin's Palace" near Sochi; and the role of security officials from Putin's KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden, many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime.

Putin's Kleptocracy is the result of years of research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates. Dawisha's sources include Stasi archives; Russian insiders; investigative journalists in the US, Britain, Germany, Finland, France, and Italy; and Western officials who served in Moscow. Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free. "Many of them died for this story, and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet, and even from Russian libraries," Dawisha says. "But some of that work remains."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476795195
Call Number: 947.0862 D322p
Characteristics: vii, [4], 445 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jan 20, 2021

I find the 'American' literary contributions to explaining Russia and Russians the absolute height of hypocrisy!
Just not a reliable or objective view.
The US propaganda and projective machinery at its best.

Jan 02, 2016

What we see in the media about the level of corruption, suppression of individual freedoms, targeted assassinations and rigging of elections in Russia - only scratches the surface. In this book the author tracks the unlikely rise of a failed deputy mayor of St. Petersburg to KGB chief, prime minister and president in just 3½ years; how Putin rewarded his childhood friends with plum positions they weren't entitled to; and how the economy has been plundered with the firesale of state assets at prices well below market value. The writer notes that Russia still doesn't have the start of an interstate highway system while China has built a comprehensive network of freeways across its country over the last ten years. The fact Russia ranks high in corruption indices and low in levels of "freedom" (5.5 on a scale of 7) is further proof what started out as a promising future for Russia under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, hapless as they may have been, has been totally squandered. This book is must reading for anyone who wants to know just how much of a threat Russia is, no matter how devalued the ruble becomes.


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