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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha GessenThe Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.
Handpicked as a successor by the family surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin seemed like a perfect choice for the oligarchy to shape according to its own designs. Suddenly the boy who had stood in the shadows, dreaming of ruling the world, was a public figure, and his popularity soared. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see the progressive leader of their dreams, even as he seized control of media, sent political rivals and critics into exile or to the grave, and smashed the countrys fragile electoral system, concentrating power in the hands of his cronies.
As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand, and for The Man Without a Face she has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped. Her account of how a faceless man maneuvered his way into absolute-and absolutely corrupt-power has the makings of a classic of narrative nonfiction.
Top 10 Manliest Things We Know About Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin has dominated the Russian political scene for more than a decade, as president and prime minister of the country. Times magazine named him Person of the Year in and Forbes ranked him the world's most powerful man from to - four times in a row. Here are some facts that you may not know about the Russian president.
20 Fascinating Vladimir Putin Facts
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First and second terms as president of Russia
Putin studied law at Leningrad State University , where his tutor was Anatoly Sobchak , later one of the leading reform politicians of the perestroika period. Soon afterward Putin became an adviser to Sobchak, the first democratically elected mayor of St. Putin grew close to fellow Leningrader Anatoly Chubais and moved up in administrative positions. In July Pres. Yeltsin, who was searching for an heir to assume his mantle, appointed Putin prime minister in On December 31, , Yeltsin unexpectedly announced his resignation and named Putin acting president.