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.
From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin
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.
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30 Interesting And Fascinating Facts About Vladimir Putin
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. But before his fast rise to power, Putin spent most of his life far out of the limelight. With Putin at the center of several global crises, from Syria to Ukraine, The WorldPost takes a look back at the leader's surprising past. Vladimir Putin grew up in a communal apartment shared by three families in St. Petersburg then known as Leningrad , and he says he remembers hunting rats in the stairwell. The building on St. Petersburg's Baskov Lane where Putin spent his childhood is shown in this April photo.
Putin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg , 7 October After that, he became president again in and is currently president now. Before all this, Putin worked for the KGB. He originally trained as a lawyer. Putin worked in Dresden , which was part of the former East Germany. He chose to go to Leningrad, which is where he went to university.