Putin's Rise to Power

Putin's Rise to Power

2016, History  -   15 Comments
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In the early 90's, as the Soviet Union stood on the verge of extinction, a young KGB agent named Vladimir Putin fretted for his own personal future. Restless with ambition, this little-known unemployed spy set in motion a series of machinations that led to the ultimate prize: the presidency. Putin's Rise to Power examines the leader's startling ascent, and the abuses he inflicted along the way.

Cries of corruption and high crimes have followed Putin through every step of his journey to power. He is believed by many to be the architect of bombings on his own people in 1999. These attacks were blamed on Chechen rebels, and led to an outright wartime conflict. Under Putin's direction, the outcome of this war proved successful. With his newfound fame and acclaim, and viewed by the voters through a prism of badly needed democratic reform, he managed to snatch the presidency with relative ease.

The film charges that the majority of Putin's most vocal critics in this matter have been eliminated. But the misdeeds don't stop with that heinous action. The documentary's narrative is replete with tales of money laundering, relations with members of organized crime, and more nefarious activities that have left a trail of dead bodies in their wake.

The film's interview subjects include crusading activists who have spent much time and effort in dissecting Putin's shadowy reign. We also hear from those who know Putin personally and have witnessed his rise to power firsthand.

Their testimonies are compelling. A former law enforcement officer bravely blows the whistle on Putin's questionable activities as a young spy. A construction magnate who once worked with the Kremlin on noteworthy projects now lives in exile, and discusses his inability to tolerate the level of brutality and corruption he continued to witness. Others speak of their collaborations with Putin on various economic schemes. We learn his methods for attaining ultimate power, and how he amassed unprecedented personal wealth as well.

Putin is one of the world's most enigmatic leaders, and he's often regarded with equal parts fascination and fear. Putin's Rise to Power lifts the veil with great authority.

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9 months ago

A doppelganger.

4 years ago

Russia going hard in the comments

4 years ago

Seems the big CIA machine is alive and well grooming the media on all fronts to do what the industrial war machine does well pull the wool over the eyes of the gullible. Putin is one rare breed of politician: honest and working for his people not a bunch or western oligarchs.

Louise C. Talley
4 years ago


4 years ago

Apartment bombings --- chechen war. Twin Tower destruction --- afghan war. Same modus operandi.

4 years ago

Putin is the best statesman in the world now. Half of what you have in this documentary is a blatant distortion of reality.

Chris Harris
4 years ago

The truth about this bastard Putin & Rusian 9/11

Peter G Ogden
4 years ago

Malaysian plane was blown up by the CIA NOT Russia.

Peter G Ogden
4 years ago

It's just like the US. Blame Russia for problems while the left wing communist anti American Democrat traitors control the main stream media and Hollywood propaganda. Russian politics is the mirror image of America's. Maybe the Russian government and the US commie Left should work together--oh--but apparently they already are.

Peter G Ogden
4 years ago

...take Russia on a liberal path? ....for what...to end up like the paralyzed, imploding, divided, suicidal U.S.? Democracy does not work; it ends with mob rule. Mueller's and Obama's corrupt behavior is little different from the claims made in this film about Putin and his associates. Better a nationalistic brutal leader who preserves his country than the corrupt weaklings in the U.S. government who have sold us out to foreign interests, removed our southern border an probably accepted bribes from the cartels and other interests who profit from a non existent southern border. If the U.S. is to survive we need more macho nationalistic leaders like Putin who do not apologize for themselves and their nation.

4 years ago

...has there ever been anything more "tendentious" written about any documentary in the text above, that what we have here....? – So completely at odds with the vast majority of what has been reported about Putin...even by well respected Americans...?
We truly live in ugly times...