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By Mikhail Zygar

"I learn this e-book in a single evening, really a page-turner. It leaves a profoundly frightening effect: [Putin's courtroom is the] actual House of Cards." --Lev Lurie, author and historian

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintended king and a courtroom uncontrolled. in response to an unheard of sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this booklet provides a notably assorted view of energy and politics in Russia. a dead ringer for Putin as a strongman is dissolved. instead is a weary figurehead buffeted--if now not controlled--by the lads who without delay propose and lie to him.

The nearby governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable items, way more strong of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who shield the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend upon him. The tenuous edifice is stuffed with all the intrigue and plotting of a Medici court docket, as enemies of the kingdom are invented and wars began to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.

A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a surprising revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a stunning reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers working riot.

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Thirty percent of respondents to a national poll said they would support FAR, giving it a wide margin over other parties—FAR was even ten points ahead of the Communists. All seemed to be going well. It was then—three months before the election—that Alexander Voloshin began to assemble a new party to rain on Primakov’s parade. The godfather of Unity was Boris Berezovsky, whom the Russian press christened the “gray cardinal” of the Kremlin. A former mathematician and academic, Berezovsky was an erratic genius bursting with ideas, which the Kremlin exploited.

Voloshin, Alexander. Russian politician; chief of Presidential Administration, 1999–2003, and core member of Putin’s team; main political strategist of Putin’s first term; chairman of the board of directors of RAO (1998–2008), MMC Norilsk Nickel (2008–2010), and Uralkali (2010–2014); non-executive director of Yandex since 2010. Warnig, Matthias. Former member of the Stasi; currently managing director of Nord Stream AG; in 2012 he was appointed chairman of the world’s largest aluminum producer, Rusal; allegedly worked with Putin when the latter was at the KGB.

It was to be a repeat of Stalin’s eviction from the same tomb, which had taken place thirty-eight years earlier, on an autumn evening in 1961. The journey to his new resting place had not been far—only to the adjacent Kremlin wall. But for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, it was a symbol of de-Stalinization and the debunking of Uncle Joe’s personality cult. The reburial of Lenin was to take place “with dignity and without vulgarity,” says Voloshin. A two-week cordon would have to be set up around Volkovo Cemetery in St.

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