For Putin, crime is a normal thing

Illustrative image for the article Commentator Marián Leško: For Putin, crime is a completely normal thing

It was a typical KGB sugar and whip tactic, and Putin had already started a well-oiled Kremlin machine. Kremlin propaganda and coercive forces worked together in perfect tandem, the oligarchs desperately trying to understand the new rules of the game and begging for a meeting.

It was a typical KGB sugar and whip tactic, and Putin had already started a well-oiled Kremlin machine. Kremlin propaganda and coercive forces worked together in perfect tandem, the oligarchs desperately trying to understand the new rules of the game and begging for a meeting.

Illustrative image for the article Commentator Marián Leško: For Putin, crime is a completely normal thing

Putin’s people is the most comprehensive book ever written about this man. It shows us the internal processes in the Kremlin and the growing influence of the oligarchs.

Interference with the US election. Promoting extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. Putin’s Russia has made great efforts in recent years to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how did this happen and who planned it?

To understand the present, we must study history. Investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton v Putin’s people reveals the hitherto untold story of how Vladimir Putin and a group of former KGB members in his immediate vicinity came to power and plundered their own country.

Listen to a podcast with Marián Lešek about the book Putin’s People. We are talking about behind-the-scenes games, domination of Russia – economically, media, socially. About Putin’s manipulative techniques, about black money, oligarchs, but also about the current war in Ukraine.

Frosty Putin’s Russia

Catherine Belton delves deep into the Kremlin’s internal trials and reveals how Putin replaced arbitrary Yeltsin oligarchs with a new generation of loyal oligarchs who controlled the Russian economy, the judiciary and extended the Kremlin’s influence to the United States and Europe.

The result is a chilling look at the KGB’s revenge – a story that begins with the collapse of the Soviet Union, when entire networks of agents were able to export billions of dollars from state-owned enterprises to the West and with them their influence. Putin and his allies completed their work by restoring Russia’s power, seizing their economies, suppressing independent voices and launching secret operations abroad.

The war in Ukraine? Putin understood that if you allowed me Georgia, Ossetia, Luhansk, Donetsk or Crimea, you would also allow me Ukraine. In military terminology, this is called combat research. He simply tested the West’s degree of tolerance for himself,“Comments commentator Marián Leško.

Catherine Belton

Reuters newsletter. From 2007 to 2013, she worked as a correspondent for the British Financial Times and in 2016 as a legal correspondent. She previously reported on Russia in The Moscow Times and Business Week. In 2009, the judges of the British Press Awards shortlisted her the Journalist of the Year award in the field of business journalism. Putin’s people were published by Ikar.

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