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An insider's account of the real Vladimir Putin by one of the world’s leading experts in Russian crime and politics.


'In fewer than 150 pithy pages, Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates' - The Times

Meet the world's most dangerous man. Or is he?

Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next?

Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives.

In this essential primer, Professor Mark Galeotti uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin’s early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the USA to his vision for the future of Russia - and the world – Galeotti draws on new Russian sources and explosive unpublished accounts to give unparalleled insight into the man at the heart of global politics.

Reviews

In fewer than 150 pithy pages, Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates.

The Times

Dynamic, authoritative and often witty

The Scotsman

Fantastic.

Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live

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    9781529103595

    March 5, 2019

    Ebury Press

    160 pages

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    9781473566026

    February 21, 2019

    Ebury Digital

    160 pages

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