Putin's People

Putin's People


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The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over and the infamous KGB is dead. Or is it.....?

Was the KGB's Dresden team part of a carefully setout plan for a post-Communist future....?

How did such an unassuming young man, who called himself "the manager", come to wield such power...?  Why has the West been turning such a blind eye to what has been happening....?

Catherine Belton's book is fast becoming the definitive account of Putin's rise. The novel is as the Financial Times of London claims worthy of a Netflix series: "There are leading officials who fall out of windows at opportune (or inopportune) moments; politicians who are murdered as an apparent 'birthday gift'; coiffed former antique dealers who have moved on to more lucrative projects; obscure thirtysomething metal traders who turn out to own the Armenian energy grid; and organised crime looking for recognition in the Sunday Times rich list. This is modern Russia in full, horrifying technicolour."

On the back of the War in Ukraine this is an important book for the West to read - an insight into the man who believes in rebuilding a tsarist Russian empire.

Other Reviews

‘An outstanding exposé of Putin and his criminal pals … [A] long-awaited, must read book’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Books about modern Russia abound … Belton has surpassed them all. Her much-awaited book is the best and most important on modern Russia’ THE TIMES

‘A fearless, fascinating account … Reads at times like a John le Carré novel … A groundbreaking and meticulously researched anatomy of the Putin regime, Belton’s book shines a light on the pernicious threats Russian money and influence now pose to the west’ Guardian

Publishers Overview

A chilling and revelatory expose of the KGB’s renaissance, Putin’s rise to power, and how Russian black cash is subverting the world.

In Putin’s People, former Moscow correspondent and investigative journalist Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and his entourage of KGB men seized power in Russia and built a new league of oligarchs.

Through exclusive interviews with key inside players, Belton tells how Putin’s people conducted their relentless seizure of private companies, took over the economy, siphoned billions, blurred the lines between organised crime and political powers, shut down opponents, and then used their riches and power to extend influence in the West.

In a story that ranges from Moscow to London, Switzerland and Trump’s America, Putin’s People is a gripping and terrifying account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world.