By Mikhail Zygar
All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintended king and a courtroom uncontrolled. according to an remarkable sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this booklet provides a noticeably various view of strength and politics in Russia. clone of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as a substitute is a weary figurehead buffeted--if no longer controlled--by the boys who right now recommend and mislead him.
The nearby governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable gadgets, way more robust of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who shield the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend upon him. The tenuous edifice is full of the entire intrigue and plotting of a Medici court docket, as enemies of the nation are invented and wars started to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.
A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a stunning revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a stunning reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers working riot.
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Resin, Vladimir. Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; adviser to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on construction; served as the first deputy mayor of Moscow under Yuri Luzhkov and acting mayor after Luzhkov’s dismissal in 2010. Roldugin, Sergey. 5 million a year and had almost £19 million in cash from his secret stake in Video International; five offshore companies linked to Roldugin are connected with Bank Rossiya. Rotenberg, Arkady. Influential Russian businessman; co-owner (with his brother Boris Rotenberg) of the SGM Group and SMP Bank; in 2015 companies he controlled received numerous state contracts, including one for construction of a Siberian pipeline for Gazprom; close friend of Vladimir Putin and at one time his judo sparring partner.
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