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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Strobe Talbott

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pp. vii-xvi

...nation on the planet, the second most powerful nuclear arsenal, and massive natural resources. Yet there is still debate about who he really is. Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy have gone a long way in answering that question...

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Who is Mr. Putin?

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pp. 1-15

...than a dozen years since he first became prime minister and then president in 1999–2000. But in the years Putin has been in power we have seen almost no additional information provided about his background beyond what...

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Boris Yeltsin and the Time of Troubles

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pp. 16-33

...to be prime minster and then president of Russia as something akin to a tragedy that ruptured what appeared to be a generally positive trajectory of post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s toward the development of a more pluralistic...

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The Statist

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pp. 34-62

...circles had any illusions about the depth of the state’s domestic crisis and the loss of its previous great power status internationally. Many internal observers feared Russia was in danger of total collapse. They...

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The History Man

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pp. 63-77

...Vladimir Putin is a self-designated student of history. He claims it was his favorite subject in school, and he remains an avid reader today. He also presents himself as man of history with a special relationship to the subject. Throughout his time in office, Putin has actively deployed his...

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The Survivalist

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pp. 78-112

...Putin family’s deep roots in Ryazan province is the fact that Vladimir Putin is the child of survivors of one of the blackest periods in Russian history during the Second World War. This personal history of survival is the third element in providing the context for Putin’s worldview...

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The Outsider

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pp. 113-142

...location, on the Karelian Isthmus between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga, was only an hour and 20 minute car drive to the Finnish border, in an area that has variously been part of the Swedish Empire, the tsarist Russian empire, independent Finland, the Soviet Union, and now...

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The Free Marketeer

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pp. 143-166

...Putin wrote an undergraduate thesis on international trade law. In the 1980s, at the KGB’s Red Banner Institute, American business school textbooks were likely on the curriculum, and Yury Andropov had put reforming the Soviet economic system as one of the top items on the KGB’s agenda...

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The Case Officer

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pp. 167-209

...Mr. Putin was, as the clichés have it, a nobody when he arrived in Moscow in August 1996. Other than the man who seemed directly responsible for recommending him for a job in the capital, his St. Petersburg colleague Alexei Kudrin, Putin apparently had no solid contacts there. Only three years...

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The System

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pp. 210-249

...since 1999–2000, when he first moved from the shadows into the position of prime minister and then acting president, indicates that there is nothing contrived or secret about his goals and his policies. Putin’s practice has been to state them directly. On the other hand, there has been a...

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Conclusion: The Stakeholders' Revolt

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pp. 250-274

...was no longer leader of Russia. On that occasion—at the Valdai Discussion Club dinner outside Moscow in November 2011—his response was meant to be a joke. But more than one guest around the table thought it...

Chronology

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pp. 275-284

Notes on Translation, Transliteration, Nomenclature, Style, and Sources

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pp. 285-290

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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pp. 291-293

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 294-300

...and writing, but also in several years of our discussions and joint work as colleagues at the Brookings Institution dating to the beginning of Mr. Putin’s presidency in 2000. It is also the result of work that we’ve done independently in years before. As a student in Moscow from 1987 to 1988, Fiona Hill...

Notes

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pp. 301-362

Bibliography

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pp. 363-378

Index

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pp. 379-390

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