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All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin

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An extraordinary behind-the-scenes portrait of the court of Vladimir Putin, the oligarchs that surround it, and the many moods of modern Russia that reads like a "real House of Cards"(Lev Lurie).

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The image of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. In its place is a weary figurehead buffeted — if not controlled — by the men who at once advise and deceive him.

The regional governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable objects, far more powerful in their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officials who guard the pathways to power-on whom Putin depends as much as they rely on him. The tenuous edifice is filled with all of the intrigue and plotting of a Medici court, as enemies of the state are invented and wars begun to justify personal gains, internal rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.

A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a shocking revisionist portrait of the Putin era and a dazzling reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers running riot.

ISBN-13: 9781568588179

Media Type: Paperback(Reprint)

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 11-07-2017

Pages: 400

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Mikhail Zygar is the former editor in chief of the only independent TV station in Russia, TV Rain (Dozhd). Previously, he worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant. Zygar was awarded the 2014 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Table of Contents

List of Characters vii

Introduction xix

Part 1 Putin I the Lionheart

Chapter 1 In Which Kremlin Strategist Alexander Voloshin Learns to Tolerate Lenin 3

Chapter 2 In Which Political Émigré Boris Berezovsky Is Not Invited to the Royal Wedding 23

Chapter 3 In Which Russia's Richest Man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Loses His Business and Freedom, and the Family Disappears 47

Part 2 Putin II the Magnificent

Chapter 4 In Which Kremlin Chief of Staff Dmitry Medvedev Creates a New Russian Class 69

Chapter 5 In Which Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Viktor Medvedchuk Is the Last Ukrainian to Enjoy Putin's Trust 83

Chapter 6 In Which Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov Defends the Besieged Kremlin 97

Chapter 7 In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov Comes Up with a Plan to Make Russia an Empire Once More 117

Chapter 8 In Which Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov Is Convinced That He Is the Heir to the Throne 129

Part 3 Prince Dmitry

Chapter 9 In Which Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Retains Power-and Something Far More Valuable 149

Chapter 10 In Which Barack Obama Becomes the Kremlin's Best Friend and Worst Enemy 169

Chapter 11 In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin Turns into a Russian Che Guevara 177

Chapter 12 In Which Russian Princess Tatyana Yumasheva Comes Up with a New Democratic Party 191

Chapter 13 In Which Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Thinks He Can Lead the People to the Kremlin 207

Part 4 Putin the Terrible

Chapter 14 In Which Patriarch Kirill Gives Fatherly Advice to Russia's Cabinet of Ministers 229

Chapter 15 In Which Kremlin Strategist Vyacheslav Volodin Invents a New National Idea 239

Chapter 16 In Which Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov Realizes the Futility of Trying to Please the West 253

Chapter 17 In Which Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu Takes Revenge for Afghanistan and Nicholas I 271

Chapter 18 In Which Alexei Kudrin Loses the Battle for the President's Heart and Mind 293

Chapter 19 In Which Ramzan Kadyrov Takes a Round Trip to Dubai 311

Chapter 20 In Which Bashar al-Assad Becomes the Mirror Image of Putin 327

Conclusion: Putin the Saint 341

Notes 347

Index 355