New book by journalist who spent years interviewing dozens of sources uncovers a regime where infidelity is the biggest crime
But Putin does not work alone. As with most world leaders, he has a network of powerful allies around him friends who both support and deceive him, according to a new volume by the Russian journalist and opposition activist Mikhail Zygar.
The journalist founded the independent news network Dozhd( Rain ), which was shut down by the government in 2014. He has spent years interviewing dozens of sources inside the Kremlin, and his book, All the Kremlins Men, paints a convincing portrait of the inside world of Russian politics, a place shrouded in conspiracy where the biggest crime is being disloyal.
Disputes over military action in Syria; events in Ukraine and nuclear posturing in the Baltics have left international tensions between Russia and the west at a postcold war high, but at home Putins approval ratings remain strong and he is preparing to run for president again in early 2018.
So how did he get there? And what drives him forward? The Guardian asked Zygar to talk through his key findings from inside the seat of Russias power.
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