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Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? Free read ´ 104 ☆ The raging uestion in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions Karen Dawisha s brilliant Putin s Kleptocracy provides an answer describing how Putin got to power the cabal he brought with him the billions they have looted and his plan In even before Putin became president in She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya now sanctioned by the US the rise of the Ozero cooperative founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes the links between Putin Petromed and Putin s Palace near Sochi and the role of security officials from Putin s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime Putin s Kleptocracy is the result of years of. Dawisha shows how Putin and the oligarchs amassed personal wealth and became the modern day tsar and boyars She meticulously documents Putin building a tight network of powerful allies in politics business and organized crime to dominate Russia As Spanish investigators in 2008 concluded Russia had become a virtual mafia state Dawisha s account is specific and convincing naming names in what reads like a legal brief The amount of detail can be overwhelming but her points come through cl Dawisha shows how Putin and the oligarchs amassed personal wealth and became the modern day tsar and boyars She meticulously documents Putin building a tight network of powerful allies in politics business and organized crime to dominate Russia As Spanish investigators in 2008 concluded Russia had become a virtual mafia state Dawisha s account is specific and convincing naming names in what reads like a legal brief The amount of detail can be overwhelming but her points come through clearly and while her book takes some effort it is time well spent I knew Putin s reputation before but now I know how he earned it My notes follow In 1991 the Soviet Union descended into chaos under Gorbachev with the failed August 1991 coup the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the usurpation of power by Yeltsin The economy floundered and law enforcement was non existent Displaced KGB and communist party insiders vied with existing black market mafias for control of businesses and trade They took the country s money and stashed it abroad Former communist party assets and properties were snapped up at ridiculously low prices Thus the Russian oligarchy was created These tightly connected officials including many former KGB would use their control of commerce for political dominance Their long standing hierarchy which enforced loyalty enabled them to succeed Putin worked for the KGB in East Germany GDR in the late 1980s His roles included monitoring GDR officials and recruiting East and West Germans who travelled between the two Germanys This evolved into stealing information and designs for weapons and high tech goods He also was sure to secure loot for himself as was common practice When the East German government fell apart in 1989 Putin s objectives changed He began recruiting former Stasi for the KGB One close associate Matthias Warnig would help by opening a bank in Dresden for KGB and Putin s personal use Putin would later fill important positions in Russia with loyal friends he made as a KGB agent in the GDR and conceal dirty money through banks such as Warnig sIn 1991 Putin became an advisor to St Petersburg Mayor Sobchak progressing to deputy mayor in 1994 He embraced the newly established Bank Rossiya which would launder KBG and CPSU money for Putin s cliue Putin sold lucrative opportunities in state controlled businesses and established a network of friends who rewarded each other with tribute and patronage Collaboration and turf wars with organized crime and mysterious unsolved murders were common Putin was chairman of the St Petersburg Committee for Foreign Liaison KVS from June 1991 to June1996 In this role he was responsible for foreign investment in and via St Petersburg through which 20% of Russia s foreign trade moved This position facilitated

Putin's Kleptocracy Who Owns RussiaIn even before Putin became president in She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya now sanctioned by the US the rise of the Ozero cooperative founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes the links between Putin Petromed and Putin s Palace near Sochi and the role of security officials from Putin s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime Putin s Kleptocracy is the result of years of. Dawisha shows how Putin and the oligarchs amassed personal wealth and became the modern day tsar and boyars She meticulously documents Putin building a tight network of powerful allies in politics business and organized crime to dominate Russia As Spanish investigators in 2008 concluded Russia had become a virtual mafia state Dawisha s account is specific and convincing naming names in what reads like a legal brief The amount of detail can be overwhelming but her points come through cl Dawisha shows how Putin and the oligarchs amassed personal wealth and became the modern day tsar and boyars She meticulously documents Putin building a tight network of powerful allies in politics business and organized crime to dominate Russia As Spanish investigators in 2008 concluded Russia had become a virtual mafia state Dawisha s account is specific and convincing naming names in what reads like a legal brief The amount of detail can be overwhelming but her points come through clearly and while her book takes some effort it is time well spent I knew Putin s reputation before but now I know how he earned it My notes follow In 1991 the Soviet Union descended into chaos under Gorbachev with the failed August 1991 coup the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the usurpation of power by Yeltsin The economy floundered and law enforcement was non existent Displaced KGB and communist party insiders vied with existing black market mafias for control of businesses and trade They took the country s money and stashed it abroad Former communist party assets and properties were snapped up at ridiculously low prices Thus the Russian oligarchy was created These tightly connected officials including many former KGB would use their control of commerce for political dominance Their long standing hierarchy which enforced loyalty enabled them to succeed Putin worked for the KGB in East Germany GDR in the late 1980s His roles included monitoring GDR officials and recruiting East and West Germans who travelled between the two Germanys This evolved into stealing information and designs for weapons and high tech goods He also was sure to secure loot for himself as was common practice When the East German government fell apart in 1989 Putin s objectives changed He began recruiting former Stasi for the KGB One close associate Matthias Warnig would help by opening a bank in Dresden for KGB and Putin s personal use Putin would later fill important positions in Russia with loyal friends he made as a KGB agent in the GDR and conceal dirty money through banks such as Warnig sIn 1991 Putin became an advisor to St Petersburg Mayor Sobchak progressing to deputy mayor in 1994 He embraced the newly established Bank Rossiya which would launder KBG and CPSU money for Putin s cliue Putin sold lucrative opportunities in state controlled businesses and established a network of friends who rewarded each other with tribute and patronage Collaboration and turf wars with organized crime and mysterious unsolved murders were common Putin was chairman of the St Petersburg Committee for Foreign Liaison KVS from June 1991 to June1996 In this role he was responsible for foreign investment in and via St Petersburg through which 20% of Russia s foreign trade moved This position facilitated

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Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? Ô The raging uestion in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions Karen Dawisha s brilliant Putin s Kleptocracy provides an answer describing how Putin got to power the cabal he brought with him the billions they have looted and his plan to restore the Greater RussiaRussian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin s kleptocratic regime She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle s use of public positions for personal ga. Here is a picture of George Bush meeting Vladimir Putin Take a look at that stupid grin on Bush s face A few moments before Bush that subtle judge of human character would have looked into his eyes and got a sense of the soul of Pootie Poot and Bush liked what he saw Could that be a small self satisfied smile falling across Pootie Poot s normally severe face Here is a picture of David Cameron meeting Vladimir Putin Cameron looks earnest but Putin looks bored Putin knows that the UK Here is a picture of George Bush meeting Vladimir Putin Take a look at that stupid grin on Bush s face A few moments before Bush that subtle judge of human character would have looked into his eyes and got a sense of the soul of Pootie Poot and Bush liked what he saw Could that be a small self satisfied smile falling across Pootie Poot s normally severe face Here is a picture of David Cameron meeting Vladimir Putin Cameron looks earnest but Putin looks bored Putin knows that the UK has taken privatization further than any other country and the best of the UK state s assets have already been spirited away Pickings would be slim so no wonder he s boredHere is a picture of Angela Merkel meeting Vladimir Putin Merkel doesn t look happy while Putin looks amusedCan you spot something in this picture that isn t in the other two That s right a large black dog Merkel is phobic about dogs and if you believe Putin s excuse that he didn t know about Merkel s phobia and just wanted to be friendly then you will also believe in the objectivity of the review below by smith who joined goodreads in November 2014 but who apparently has only ever read one book There surely must be openings forsubtle propagandists in the Russian Ministry of InformationChronologically Putin s Kleptocracy tails nicely onto Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire The book begins shortly before the 1991 coup which lead to the collapse and ban of the Communist Party A significant problem facing the KGB in the period up to the coup was what to do with the loot with the billions in funds under Communist Party control that might help sustain its future or at worst provide a decent retirement package for ex spies and apparatchiks The solution was to hide these funds in lawless tax havens far from any government control such as Jersey or the City of London This money became the seed money helping pay for much of the subseuent fraud and theftRight through Putin s career he has been the man in the right place at the right time In this era he was with the KGB in Dresden so was one of the relatively few KGB operatives with an understanding of foreign trade and business and contacts overseas who could facilitate later fraud This book starts by explaining how Putin began to acuire the circle of friends and cronies that were to support his later career with the next stage working on economic liaison board in St PetersburgPutin s career in St Petersburg seems to have given him ample opportunity to build his and his cronies fortunes and the book goes into some detail in this area This is a daunting read as once you have read through the first few plots to enrich Putin s judo instructors now billionaires his old interpreter now a billionaire or other ex KGB friends now mostly billiona Read Ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Karen Dawisha

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Karen Dawisha Æ 4 Free read Research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates Dawisha s sources include Stasi archives Russian insiders investigative journalists in the US Britain Germany Finland France and Italy and Western officials who served in Moscow Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free Many of them died for this story and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet and even from Russian libraries Dawisha says But some of that work remain. 35 really but this book is important so I m rounding upAs an academic work written for a popular audience this started off dreadfully slow In order for the author to demonstrate the extent of corruption surrounding Putin s rise to power it was necessary for her to thoroughly detail the names of people places companies shell companies and dollar amounts shifted hidden disappeared etc I understand this A mere summary would have made for weak evidence which in this circumstance 35 really but this book is important so I m rounding upAs an academic work written for a popular audience this started off dreadfully slow In order for the author to demonstrate the extent of corruption surrounding Putin s rise to power it was necessary for her to thoroughly detail the names of people places companies shell companies and dollar amounts shifted hidden disappeared etc I understand this A mere summary would have made for weak evidence which in this circumstance in an age of information wars is worse than no evidence at all The author s attention to detail is meticulous and damningHowever if while reading this book you find that you are discouraged by the plethora of detail just skip ahead to Chapter 5 where the pace of this book picks up significantly It is there that the author begins to zoom out to a level from which the reader can begin to see the bigger picture and how all of the pieces of the web fit together From there the book goes on to discuss the current and future implications Putin s thirst for power has for Russia and the rest of the worldThis book is incredibly timely and deeply chilling Putin has literally less than zero respect for boundaries of any kind and it was uncanny to watch that truth unfold in the headlines as I read this book