Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West (Hardback)Catherine Belton (author)
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Meticulously researched and written with clarity and pace, the definitive account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power is a compelling tale of KGB strongmen, sinister oligarchs and broken promises to the Russian people.
'Meticulously researched and superbly written ... The Putin book that we've been waiting for.' - Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
A president changing laws to stay in power
Interference in US elections
Sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe
War in Ukraine
This rigorous and revelatory book explains how this happened, Putin's rise to power, and how Russian black cash is subverting the world.
In Putin's People, former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton tells the untold story of the rise of Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him. Delving deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the free-wheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted their country's economy and legal system and expanded its influence in the West.
The result is a chilling and revelatory expose of the KGB's renaissance - a story that began long ago in the murk of the Soviet collapse when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of Russia and into the West. After Putin's takeover of the economy, some of these networks acquired new flows of cash to realise their goals. Based on many years of research, Belton charts the relentless seizure of private companies and the installation of those closest to Putin into the richest, highest seats of power.
Ranging from Moscow to London, Switzerland and Trump's America, and introducing a colourful cast of characters, Putin's People is a gripping and terrifying account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 990 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 45 mm
‘A chilling account of Putin’s rise to power and his personal corruption. Previous books have been written on the same theme… But Belton offers the most detailed and compelling version yet.’ - The Observer
‘A book that western experts on modern Russia acknowledge as vital to our understanding of the Putin phenomenon.’ - The Mail
‘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
'Putin's People is meticulously researched and superbly written; terrifying in its scope and utterly convincing in its argument. It is a portrait of a group of men ruthless in their power, and careless of anyone else. This is the Putin book that we've been waiting for.' - Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
'Catherine Belton is quite simply the most detailed and best-informed journalist covering Russia. One hears so much grand punditry about the country, but if you want to know the terrifying facts, from the nexus of KGB, business and crime which was Putin's petri-dish, to the complex reality of the relationship with Trump, and if you want to see how all this combines into a whole new system, then this is the book for you.' - Peter Pomerantsev
'A ground-breaking investigative history of the rise of Vladimir Putin, a revealing examination of how power and money intersect in today's Russia. Catherine Belton has pulled away the curtain on two decades of hidden financial networks and lucrative secret deals, exposing the inner workings of Putin & Co. in remarkable and disturbing detail. A real eye-opener.'
- David E. Hoffman, author of The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
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