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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.
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. Born on Oct. He shared the fifth-floor walk-up with his parents and two siblings. The children went to school under assumed names for security reasons. A gold-coated Apple Watch pictured , which also depicts the Moscow skyline and the double-headed eagle of Russia's coat of arms, was made by the Russian-Italian jewelry brand, Caviar Perna Penna.
He now considers himself to be a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin has said that the KGB targeted him for recruitment even before he graduated in I thought I would be able to use my skills to the best for society. While in Germany, his roles likely included recruiting members for the East German Communist Party and the secret police Stasi , stealing technological secrets, and compromising visiting Westerners. In , he retired from active KGB service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his retirement—and the collapse of the Soviet Union—Putin returned to his former university and served for 18 months as the assistant to the rector.
In our last article on fascinating Vladimir Putin facts , we learned some funny and some serious facts about the Russian top dog. In this article we will continue to do the same., Russian President Vladimir Putin has stood -- often bare-chested -- at the helm of Russian politics since , rotating between the presidency and the prime minister's office.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a popular but polarizing figure who has dominated Russian politics for more than a decade. See more photos from his life and career. Hide Caption. Putin poses for a class photo in