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Putin's people : how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West / Catherine Belton.

Belton, Catherine, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780374238711
  • ISBN: 0374238715
  • Physical Description: xvi, 624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published in 2020 by William Collins, Great Britain.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 505-596) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one. 'Operation Luch' -- Inside job -- 'The tip of an iceberg' -- Operation Successor: 'It was already after midnight' -- 'Children's toys in pools of mud'.
Part two. 'The inner circle made him' -- 'Operation Energy' -- Out of terror, an imperial awakening -- 'Appetite comes during eating'.
Part three. Obschak -- Londongrad -- The battle begins -- Black cash -- Soft power in an iron fist: 'I call them the Orthodox Taliban' -- The network and Donald Trump.
Summary, etc.:
A chilling and revelatory expose of the KGB's renaissance, 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 reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and his entourage of KGB men seized power in Russia and built a new league of oligarchs. Through exclusive interviews with key inside players, Belton tells how Putin's people conducted their relentless seizure of private companies, took over the economy, siphoned billions, blurred the lines between organized crime and political powers, shut down opponents, and then used their riches and power to extend influence in the West. In a story that ranges from Moscow to London, Switzerland and Trump's America, 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.
Subject: Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti.
Presidents > Russia (Federation) > Biography.
Russia (Federation) > Politics and government.
Russia (Federation) > Foreign relations > United States.
Russia (Federation) > Foreign relations.
Kremlin (Moscow, Russia) > History.
Genre: History.

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Putin's People : How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West
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Carefully detailed account of the rise of Vladimir Putin and the restoration of Russia to Soviet-era power. A Reuters correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, Belton recalls a time, 25-odd years ago, when it seemed possible that Russia might become a democracy with a thriving economy. Then came the era of the oligarchs, who, protected by Boris Yeltsin, cornered big pieces of the newly open market economy. It didn't last long. As Putin rose to power, he proceeded to "rein in the market freedoms of the Yeltsin era, and to launch a takeover by the state." That project involved neutralizing enemies--and then, writes Belton, turning on former allies, a process Americans have seen in the actions of the Trump administration. By the author's account, Trump's fortunes are bound up in Putin's, and both represent what one Putin associate exalts as a defeat of "the neocons who thought they controlled the whole world." According to Belton, while the extent of the connection will likely never be known, Trump has been the beneficiary of Russian cash since at least 1990, when Russian banks floated funds to extract his organization from bankruptcy. One Russian executive has claimed that Trump has received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian funders who will likely never see the money again, all in the interest of providing "an opportunity to further compromise the future president" and, as a larger goal, "to undermine and corrupt the institutions and democracies of the West." All that, of course, is straight out of the KGB playbook as enacted by Putin's lieutenants around the world, with the state's extensive financial resources at their disposal. Much of Belton's story has been related in earlier books, but none with so specific a focus on those shadowy aides and their actions. An eyebrow-raising book that, among other things, helps connect some of the dots of the Mueller Report. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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The Soviet secret police reconstituted itself as the corrupt masters of post-communist Russia according to Belton's sprawling debut exposé. A former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, Belton styles Putin's presidency as an assault on the new class of oligarchs who had privatized Russia's state-owned companies in the 1990s and foolishly supported his Machiavellian rise. Using bogus criminal prosecutions, Putin and his former KGB comrades stripped the oligarchs of their oil companies, banks, and media corporations; exiled or imprisoned them; and occasionally murdered people who got in the way. Putin's cronies then looted the businesses they appropriated to enrich themselves or fund Russia's military adventures in the Ukraine and subversion of foreign elections. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kremlin insiders and dispossessed oligarchs such as Sergei Pugachev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Belton paints a richly detailed portrait of the Putin regime's tangled conspiracies and thefts. Sometimes her more explosive claims--charges that Russia's FSB police agency was behind Chechen terrorist attacks, for instance--cite dubious sources and insinuate more than they prove. Still, Belton gives a lucid, page-turning account of the sinister mix of authoritarian state power and gangster lawlessness that rules Russia. Agent: George Lucas, InkWell Management. (June)

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