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From KGB operative to president of Russia, Vladimir Putin’s rise to power was quick -- and his ability to consolidate and retain power for decades speaks to how Putin and his cronies have undermined Russia’s economic and legal systems to their own political (and financial) benefit. Join the World Affairs Council for a conversation with former Financial Times Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton, whose new book Putin's People: How the KGB Took on Russia and Then Took on the West explores how Putin’s Russia actually operates and what this means for Russia’s relations with the West.
About the Speaker
Catherine Belton is a prominent investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times. She is the author of Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West (2020).
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