Former KGB agent Vladimir Putin is one of the world’s most enigmatic leaders. Fiercely protective of his private life, yet at the same time projecting his image at every opportunity, he is scrutinized and analysed constantly by the media, in an attempt to build up a picture of what makes him tick.
Certainly he is passionately fond of sport, often making sure he is seen indulging in extreme outdoor pursuits and demonstrating his prowess as a martial arts expert. Equally, he enjoys the limelight as a would-be singer. But who is he on a deeper level?
Is he Russia’s new strong man, leading the people by the nose or is he a benign democrat seeking to achieve a better standard of life for his country? Opinion is divided, both inside and outside Russia. He is, nonetheless, highly popular among his countrymen, if approval ratings are to be believed, in spite of a fiercely vocal minority who oppose him.
Perhaps the quotes, from the man himself, contained within this book will help you make up your mind about the real Vladimir Putin. Or maybe they won’t...
But they will give you a lot to think about.
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