All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar

By Mikhail Zygar

"I learn this e-book in a single evening, actually a page-turner. It leaves a profoundly frightening impact: [Putin's court docket is the] genuine House of Cards." --Lev Lurie, author and historian

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintended king and a court docket uncontrolled. in accordance with an unheard of sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this ebook provides a extensively diverse view of energy and politics in Russia. a twin of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as an alternative is a weary figurehead buffeted--if now not controlled--by the boys who right now suggest and lie to him.

The local governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable gadgets, way more robust of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who defend the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend on him. The tenuous edifice is stuffed with the entire intrigue and plotting of a Medici court docket, as enemies of the kingdom are invented and wars all started to justify own earnings, 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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Description: New York, NY: PublicAffairs, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Translated from Russian; no information is available about the translator. Identifiers: LCCN 2016018443 (print) | LCCN 2016021716 (ebook) | ISBN 9781610397407 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: Russia (Federation) —Politics and government—1991– | Russia (Federation) —History—1991– | Russia (Federation) —Biography—Interviews. gov/2016018443 First Edition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CONTENTS LIST OF CHARACTERS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: PUTIN I THE LIONHEART CHAPTER 1: In Which Kremlin Strategist Alexander Voloshin Learns to Tolerate Lenin CHAPTER 2: In Which Political Émigré Boris Berezovsky Is Not Invited to the Royal Wedding CHAPTER 3: In Which Russia’s Richest Man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Loses His Business and Freedom, and the Family Disappears PART TWO: PUTIN II THE MAGNIFICENT CHAPTER 4: In Which Kremlin Chief of Staff Dmitry Medvedev Creates a New Russian Class CHAPTER 5: In Which Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Viktor Medvedchuk Is the Last Ukrainian to Enjoy Putin’s Trust CHAPTER 6: In Which Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov Defends the Besieged Kremlin CHAPTER 7: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov Comes Up with a Plan to Make Russia an Empire Once More CHAPTER 8: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov Is Convinced That He Is the Heir to the Throne PART THREE: PRINCE DMITRY CHAPTER 9: In Which Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Retains Power—and Something Far More Valuable CHAPTER 10: In Which Barack Obama Becomes the Kremlin’s Best Friend and Worst Enemy CHAPTER 11: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin Turns into a Russian Che Guevara CHAPTER 12: In Which Russian Princess Tatyana Yumasheva Comes Up with a New Democratic Party CHAPTER 13: In Which Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Thinks He Can Lead the People to the Kremlin PART FOUR: PUTIN THE TERRIBLE CHAPTER 14: In Which Patriarch Kirill Gives Fatherly Advice to Russia’s Cabinet of Ministers CHAPTER 15: In Which Kremlin Strategist Vyacheslav Volodin Invents a New National Idea CHAPTER 16: In Which Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov Realizes the Futility of Trying to Please the West CHAPTER 17: In Which Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu Takes Revenge for Afghanistan and Nicholas I CHAPTER 18: In Which Alexei Kudrin Loses the Battle for the President’s Heart and Mind CHAPTER 19: In Which Ramzan Kadyrov Takes a Round Trip to Dubai CHAPTER 20: In Which Bashar al-Assad Becomes the Mirror Image of Putin CONCLUSION: Putin the Saint Notes Index LIST OF CHARACTERS Abramovich, Roman.

Russian business tycoon and owner of the Chelsea Football Club; made his fortune in a series of controversial oil export deals in the early 1990s when he was close to Boris Yeltsin; teamed up with the former billionaire Boris Berezovsky to take over Sibneft at a fraction of its market value; became the governor of the isolated Siberian region of Chukotka, then head of its parliament before his permanent relocation to London. Akhmetov, Rinat. Ukrainian steel and iron ore magnate; used to be the most influential business figure in Donbass (eastern Ukraine); was the main sponsor of Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2010.

Was photographed wearing a Swiss watch worth £400,000, almost four times his Kremlin salary. Poltavchenko, Georgy. Longtime friend of Vladimir Putin and currently governor of St. Petersburg; in 2012 Poltavchenko signed a controversial law that prohibited advocacy of homosexual and pedophilic activities in the city. Poroshenko, Petro. President of Ukraine since 2014; prominent oligarch who owns a confectionery company, Roshen, and a TV channel, 5 Kanal; has vast connections with Russian business and is mentioned in Panama Papers investigation.

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