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Putin's Kleptocracy Who Owns RussiaThe raging uestion in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions Karen Dawisha s brilliant Putin s Kleptocracy provides an answer describing how Putin got to power the cabal he brought with him the billions they have looted and his plan to restore the Greater RussiaRussian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin s kleptocratic regime She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle s use of public positions for personal ga. Here is a picture of George Bush meeting Vladimir Putin Take a look at that stupid grin on Bush s face A few moments before Bush that subtle judge of human character would have looked into his eyes and got a sense of the soul of Pootie Poot and Bush liked what he saw Could that be a small self satisfied smile falling across Pootie Poot s normally severe face Here is a picture of David Cameron meeting Vladimir Putin Cameron looks earnest but Putin looks bored Putin knows that the UK Here is a picture of George Bush meeting Vladimir Putin Take a look at that stupid grin on Bush s face A few moments before Bush that subtle judge of human character would have looked into his eyes and got a sense of the soul of Pootie Poot and Bush liked what he saw Could that be a small self satisfied smile falling across Pootie Poot s normally severe face Here is a picture of David Cameron meeting Vladimir Putin Cameron looks earnest but Putin looks bored Putin knows that the UK has taken privatization further than any other country and the best of the UK state s assets have already been spirited away Pickings would be slim so no wonder he s boredHere is a picture of Angela Merkel meeting Vladimir Putin Merkel doesn t look happy while Putin looks amusedCan you spot something in this picture that isn t in the other two That s right a large black dog Merkel is phobic about dogs and if you believe Putin s excuse that he didn t know about Merkel s phobia and just wanted to be friendly then you will also believe in the objectivity of the review below by smith who joined goodreads in November 2014 but who apparently has only ever read one book There surely must be openings forsubtle propagandists in the Russian Ministry of InformationChronologically Putin s Kleptocracy tails nicely onto Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire The book begins shortly before the 1991 coup which lead to the collapse and ban of the Communist Party A significant problem facing the KGB in the period up to the coup was what to do with the loot with the billions in funds under Communist Party control that might help sustain its future or at worst provide a decent retirement package for ex spies and apparatchiks The solution was to hide these funds in lawless tax havens far from any government control such as Jersey or the City of London This money became the seed money helping pay for much of the subseuent fraud and theftRight through Putin s career he has been the man in the right place at the right time In this era he was with the KGB in Dresden so was one of the relatively few KGB operatives with an understanding of foreign trade and business and contacts overseas who could facilitate later fraud This book starts by explaining how Putin began to acuire the circle of friends and cronies that were to support his later career with the next stage working on economic liaison board in St PetersburgPutin s career in St Petersburg seems to have given him ample opportunity to build his and his cronies fortunes and the book goes into some detail in this area This is a daunting read as once you have read through the first few plots to enrich Putin s judo instructors now billionaires his old interpreter now a billionaire or other ex KGB friends now mostly billionaires you ve pretty much read them all Two hundred odd pages of secret bank accounts fake invoicing money laundering share swindles wire fraud black market dealings real

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READ Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å The raging uestion in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions Karen Dawisha s brilliant Putin s Kleptocracy provides an answer describing how Putin got to power the cabal he brought with him the billioIn even before Putin became president in She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya now sanctioned by the US the rise of the Ozero cooperative founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes the links between Putin Petromed and Putin s Palace near Sochi and the role of security officials from Putin s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime Putin s Kleptocracy is the result of years of. The first part of the book of Karen Dawisha follows the rise of Putin from anonymous KGB agent stationed in Germany in Soviet times till his ascend as the Russian president with distinct authoritarian and hands on rule of the country To showcase that Putin basically promoted to the positions of power his close associates from early days as a student KGB officer and Saint Petersburg deputy mayor Karen allocates a lot of effort to follow their path within Putin s orbit Mrs Dawisha also elab The first part of the book of Karen Dawisha follows the rise of Putin from anonymous KGB agent stationed in Germany in Soviet times till his ascend as the Russian president with distinct authoritarian and hands on rule of the country To showcase that Putin basically promoted to the positions of power his close associates from early days as a student KGB officer and Saint Petersburg deputy mayor Karen allocates a lot of effort to follow their path within Putin s orbit Mrs Dawisha also elaborates on the criminal cases directly or indirectly involving Putin that were sabotaged backtracked and ultimately closed after his rise to powerAlthough Karen mentions that she didn t find direct evidence proving that Putin took bribes she brings up enough material that in a less authoritarian state with real rather than declared separation of powers should ve been properly investigated and either confirmed or denied Putin s implication in corruption affairs And there are definitely some serious uestion marks regarding some goings Karen mentions inter alia about the alleged connections with the organized crime Few of the alleged wrongdoings though in my opinion should havepolitical evaluation rather than criminal To demonstrate what I mean I can use Yulia Timoshenko a former Prime Minister of Ukraine example who was accused and indicted of abuse of powers and sent to imprisonment as a result of a clearly politically motivated court process Many in the West claimed that she shouldn t has been prosecuted for taking the responsibility to resolve the gas conflict with Russia and signing unfavorable gas contracts to save her countrymen from freezing during the winter And I totally agree with this approach Some of the described Putin s dealings may also fall into a political sphere rather than criminal The second part which I enjoyed offers ageneral study of distinctive features of Putin s governance goals modus operandi as the President of Russian Federation I like Karen s observations examples and conclusions and particularly how the freedom of media and thinking was oppressed oligarchs subdued opposition choked and dispersed Karen attributes paramount importance to the document leaked sometime in 2000 encompassing a strategy how to change the President s administration to rule Russia and tries to prove that it is authentic and is being implemented Her conclusion is that Putin s motivation is only enrichment and protection from possible prosecution I personally think that these motives may be true and I wouldn t be surprised if Vladimir Vladimirovich would turn out as one of the richest persons on the planet but I think they are incomplete and may also be outdated I think at first these may have been the initial incentives but over the years they evolved into a wider range of objectives I think one of the newer objectives is to return Russia s greatness to bring back some territories and in a broader sense t

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Research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates Dawisha s sources include Stasi archives Russian insiders investigative journalists in the US Britain Germany Finland France and Italy and Western officials who served in Moscow Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free Many of them died for this story and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet and even from Russian libraries Dawisha says But some of that work remain. 35 really but this book is important so I m rounding upAs an academic work written for a popular audience this started off dreadfully slow In order for the author to demonstrate the extent of corruption surrounding Putin s rise to power it was necessary for her to thoroughly detail the names of people places companies shell companies and dollar amounts shifted hidden disappeared etc I understand this A mere summary would have made for weak evidence which in this circumstance 35 really but this book is important so I m rounding upAs an academic work written for a popular audience this started off dreadfully slow In order for the author to demonstrate the extent of corruption surrounding Putin s rise to power it was necessary for her to thoroughly detail the names of people places companies shell companies and dollar amounts shifted hidden disappeared etc I understand this A mere summary would have made for weak evidence which in this circumstance in an age of information wars is worse than no evidence at all The author s attention to detail is meticulous and damningHowever if while reading this book you find that you are discouraged by the plethora of detail just skip ahead to Chapter 5 where the pace of this book picks up significantly It is there that the author begins to zoom out to a level from which the reader can begin to see the bigger picture and how all of the pieces of the web fit together From there the book goes on to discuss the current and future implications Putin s thirst for power has for Russia and the rest of the worldThis book is incredibly timely and deeply chilling Putin has literally less than zero respect for boundaries of any kind and it was uncanny to watch that truth unfold in the headlines as I read this book