Putin s People

Putin s People

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year 2020 A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year 2020 'The Putin book that we've been waiting for' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland

Author: Catherine Belton

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 0007578814

Category: Russia (Federation)

Page: 624

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year 2020 A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year 2020 'The Putin book that we've been waiting for' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
Categories: Russia (Federation)

Putin s Killers

Putin s Killers

Sinelschikova, “Putin's People.” See Dawisha, Putin's Kleptocracy, 74–80. As quoted in Ibid., 309–310. Mark Galeotti, “Putin's New National Guard—what does it say when you need your own personal army?” In Moscow's Shadows, April 5, ...

Author: Amy Knight

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 9781785905223

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power, his critics have been turning up dead. According to Amy Knight, one of the West’s foremost scholars of the KGB, this is no coincidence. Here, she links together dozens of deaths, exposing a far-reaching campaign of killing that is even tied to the Boston Marathon bombing. Russia is no stranger to political murder, from the Tsars and the Soviets through to the current regime, during which many journalists, activists, and political opponents have been slain. However convenient these deaths are for the Russian president, Kremlin defenders assert that there is no evidence against him. Because he controls all the murder investigations, Putin will never be seen holding a smoking gun. With new information about the most famous cases—such as Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Nemtsov, and the Salisbury poisoning victims—Knight assesses Putin’s role in these deaths, and asks: is there nothing we can do to stop him?
Categories: Political Science

Orders to Kill

Orders to Kill

The Putin Regime and Political Murder Amy Knight. 27. 28. 29. 30. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. ... Yekaterina Sinelschikova, “'Putin's people': The mysterious agency that guards the president's life,” Russia Beyond the Headlines, June 1, 2016, ...

Author: Amy Knight

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 9781785903601

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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Ever since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia, his critics have turned up dead on a regular basis. According to Amy Knight, this is no coincidence. In Orders to Kill, the KGB scholar ties dozens of victims together to expose a campaign of political murder during Putin’s reign that even includes terrorist attacks such as the Boston Marathon bombing. Russia is no stranger to political murder, from the tsars to the Soviets to the Putin regime, during which many journalists, activists and political opponents have been killed. Kremlin defenders like to say, “There is no proof,” however convenient these deaths have been for Putin, and, unsurprisingly, because he controls all investigations, Putin is never seen holding a smoking gun. Orders to Kill is a story long hidden in plain sight with huge ramifications.
Categories: Political Science

Imperial Gamble

Imperial Gamble

Putin's People,” The Economist, December 13, 2014 (www.economist.com/news/europe/21636047–president-remainspopular-his-ukrainian-adventure-could-change-faster-many). 45. Neil MacFarquhar and Andrew E. Kramer, “With Russia on Brink of ...

Author: Marvin Kalb

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815726654

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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Marvin Kalb, a former journalist and Harvard professor, traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box. The world was stunned when Vladimir Putin invaded and seized Crimea in March 2014. In the weeks that followed, pro-Russian rebels staged uprisings in southeastern Ukraine. The United States and its Western allies immediately imposed strict sanctions on Russia and whenever possible tried to isolate it diplomatically. This sharp deterioration in East-West relations has raised basic questions about Putin's provocative policies and the future of Russia and Ukraine. Marvin Kalb, who wrote commentaries for Edward R. Murrow before becoming CBS News' Moscow bureau chief in the late 1950's, and who also served as a translator and junior press officer at the US Embassy in Moscow, argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Putin did not "suddenly" decide to invade Crimea. He had been waiting for the right moment ever since disgruntled Ukrainians rose in revolt against his pro-Russian regime in Kiev's Maidan Square. These demonstrations led Putin to conclude that Ukraine's opposition constituted an existential threat to Russia. Imperial Gamble examines how Putin reached that conclusion by taking a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia. It also journeys deep into Russian and Ukrainian history to explain what keeps them together and yet at the same time drives them apart. Kalb believes that the post-cold war world hangs today on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis. So long as it is treated as a problem to be resolved by Russia, on the one side, and the United States and Europe, on the other, it will remain a danger zone with global consequences. The only sensible solution lies in both Russia and Ukraine recognizing that their futures are irrevocably linked by geography, power, politics, and the history that Kalb brings to life in Imperial Gamble.
Categories: Political Science

Making Russia and Turkey Great Again

Making Russia and Turkey Great Again

Putin and Erdogan in Search of Lost Empires and Autocratic Power Norman A. Graham, Folke Lindahl, Timur Kocaoglu. p. 54. p. 192. 102. Ibid., pp. 7–11. 103. ... Belton, Putin's People, especially Parts Two and Three. 126. 316. 118.

Author: Norman A. Graham

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793610232

Category: Authoritarianism

Page: 294

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This book discusses the rise of Putin in Russia and Erdogan in Turkey to authoritarian power in the context of the global debate over the fragility of democracy and the persistence of authoritarianism. It is both historical and theoretical in it treatment of the politics, economics and international relations of Russia and Turkey.
Categories: Authoritarianism

Russia Resurrected

Russia Resurrected

Greene and Robertson, Putin v. The People. 45. Juliet Kaarbo, “A Foreign Policy Analysis Perspective on the Domestic Politics Turn in IR Theory,” International Studies Review 17, no. 2 (2015): 197–199; Joe Hagan, “Does Decision Making ...

Author: Kathryn E. Stoner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190860721

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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An assessment of Russia that suggests that we should look beyond traditional means of power to understand its strength and capacity to disrupt international politics. Too often, we are told that Russia plays a weak hand well. But, perhaps the nation's cards are better than we know. Russia ranks significantly behind the US and China by traditional measures of power: GDP, population size and health, and military might. Yet 25 years removed from its mid-1990s nadir following the collapse of the USSR, Russia has become a supremely disruptive force in world politics. Kathryn E. Stoner assesses the resurrection of Russia and argues that we should look beyond traditional means of power to assess its strength in global affairs. Taking into account how Russian domestic politics under Vladimir Putin influence its foreign policy, Stoner explains how Russia has battled its way back to international prominence. From Russia's seizure of the Crimea from Ukraine to its military support for the Assad regime in Syria, the country has reasserted itself as a major global power. Stoner examines these developments and more in tackling the big questions about Russia's turnaround and global future. Stoner marshals data on Russia's political, economic, and social development and uncovers key insights from its domestic politics. Russian people are wealthier than the Chinese, debt is low, and fiscal policy is good despite sanctions and the volatile global economy. Vladimir Putin's autocratic regime faces virtually no organized domestic opposition. Yet, mindful of maintaining control at home, Russia under Putin also uses its varied power capacities to extend its influence abroad. While we often underestimate Russia's global influence, the consequences are evident in the disruption of politics in the US, Syria, and Venezuela, to name a few. Russia Resurrected is an eye-opening reassessment of the country, identifying the actual sources of its power in international politics and why it has been able to redefine the post-Cold War global order.
Categories: Political Science

Vladimir Putin and Russia s Imperial Revival

Vladimir Putin and Russia s Imperial Revival

Available at http:// www.biography.com/people/vladimir-putin-9448807 (retrieved March 8, 2014). Bishku, M. B. 2011. The South Caucasus republics and Russia's growing influence: Balancing on a tightrope. MERIA Journal, 15 (1): 1–11.

Author: DavidE. McNabb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351537254

Category: Political Science

Page: 255

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Discerning the early stages of the rebirth of a new Russian empire from the ashes of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin and Russia‘s Imperial Revival argues that Russia‘s recent overtly aggressive actions and foreign policy doctrines have signaled a renewal of the Cold War. At the least, Russia‘s actions represent the potential for renewal. This book explains these developments in a historical context.The book begins by describing Russia‘s initial policy of rapprochement after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its development into a foreign policy of threatened or actual armed aggression. It identifies today‘s Russia as a nation determined to re-establish itself as a political and military force. As a prominent figure in the development and continuation of its current foreign policy, Vladimir Putin plays a central role in the topics covered.Previous literature often treats Putin as an individual phenomenon examining his connections to corruption or the secret police, but here David E. McNabb examines him as the latest in a long history of Russian despots who followed similar expansionist policies. He details some of the tactics Putin uses to instill fear and dominate political policies of republics newly independent from Russia. These tactics include the use of energy as a weapon, cyber terrorism, and military support for ethnic Russian separatists in other sovereign nations, most recently exemplified by Russia‘s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine via armed invasion.In an attempt to demystify Russia‘s re-emergence as an international political force, Vladimir Putin and Russia‘s Imperial Revival grounds its analyses in history. It explores as far back as the establishment of the first Russian empire, and regards Putin as a leader determined to establish a fifth imperial incarnation. It provides a nuanced understanding of how Russia arrived at its current position through recent and distant internal and international events.
Categories: Political Science

Putin s Predicament

Putin s Predicament

Here Putin attains several things. He demonstrates that he is a man of action who stands by the people in their struggle to exert their rights against local authorities. He shows firmly who is in command, and that legal and ...

Author: Bo Petersson

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783838210506

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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Using the Russian president’s major public addresses as the main source, Bo Petersson analyzes the legitimization strategies employed during Vladimir Putin’s third and fourth terms in office. The argument is that these strategies have rested on Putin’s highly personalized blend of strongman-image projection and presentation as the embodiment of Russia’s great power myth. Putin appears as the only credible guarantor against renewed weakness, political chaos, and interference from abroad—in particular from the US. After a first deep crisis of legitimacy manifested itself by the massive protests in 2011–2012, the annexation of Crimea led to a lengthy boost in Putin’s popularity figures. The book discusses how the Crimea effect is, by 2021, trailing off and Putin’s charismatic authority is increasingly questioned by opposition from Alexei Navalny, the effects of unpopular reforms, and poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, Russia is bound to head for a succession crisis as the legitimacy of the political system continues to be built on Putin’s projected personal characteristics and—now apparently waning—charisma, and since no potential heir apparent has been allowed on center stage. The constitutional reform of summer 2020 made it possible in theory for Putin to continue as president until 2036. Yet, this change did not address the Russian political system’s fundamental future leadership dilemma.
Categories: Political Science

Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior

Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior

May 19, 2016. h ps://imrussia.org/en/analysis/law/2556-the-hamlet-question-autocracy-orfederation-part-1. ———. 2018. “Perimeter Protection. What Is the Danger of Replacing Putin's Friends with Putin's People's Commissars?” Republic.

Author: Graeme P. Herd

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429537547

Category: History

Page: 262

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This book examines the extent to which Russia’s strategic behavior is the product of its imperial strategic culture and Putin’s own operational code. The work argues that, by conflating personalistic regime survival with national security, Putin ensures that contemporary Russian national interest, as expressed through strategic behavior, is the synthesis of a peculiar troika: a long-standing imperial strategic culture, rooted in a partially imagined past; the operational code of a counter-intelligence president and decision-making elite; and the realities of Russia as a hybrid state. The book first examines the role of structure and agency in shaping contemporary Russian strategic behavior. It then provides a conceptual understanding of strategic culture, and applies this to Tsarist and Soviet historical developments. The book’s analysis of the operational code, however, demonstrates that Putinism is more than the sum of the past. At the end, the book assesses Putin’s statecraft and stress-tests our assumptions about the exercise of contemporary power in Russia and the structure of Putin’s agency. This book will be of interest to students of Russian politics and foreign policy, strategic studies and international relations.
Categories: History

Beleaguered Superpower Biden s America Adrift

Beleaguered Superpower  Biden s America Adrift

Catherine Belton , Putin's People : How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West ( New York : Farrar , Straus and Giroux , 2020 ) . SHal Brands , " China's Nuclear Buildup Changes Balance of Power , " AEI ( September 2020 ) ...

Author: Steven Rosefielde

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789811236204

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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As a new president takes over in Washington, three intertwined threats imperil the world. One is internal. The others are external. The internal threat is a potent and increasingly anti-patriotic, anti-competitive, anti-meritocratic, and sky-is-the-limit federal deficit spending political current that is simultaneously diminishing and destabilizing American and global economic vitality. The two major external threats are the rising military power of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran and a global economic malaise sowing the seeds of discontent. America's role in containing the spread of new wave authoritarianism, and fostering competitiveness and global prosperity is critical, but domestic politics is preventing the Biden administration from adequately responding to these challenges. Biden's America is adrift.America is key to the survival of the free world. America is currently a beleaguered superpower. This book is possibly the first to address the politics shaping the likely course of America's new president in world affairs. It is politics, not idealist and realist abstractions, which determine international security. The world is concerned about what course Biden will take and the likely consequences. It will be the most carefully researched of such books.The book deals explicitly and extensively with issues such as spreading authoritarianism, the emerging new Cold War, global growth retardation, civic discord, economic sanctions, arms control, soft power and the deteriorating correlation of forces. The China weapons section of the book draws from the latest assessment made by the American Department of Defense. The book also includes a section on China's new technology generating innovation model and a chapter on Covid-19.
Categories: Political Science