August 12, 2008
Georgia: Putin's Other Plan?
BY FRONTLINE/World Editors
Vladimir Putin and his hand-picked successor President Dimitri Medvedev.
Despite the fact that Vladimir Putin is no longer president of Russia, his decision to send the military into Georgia dramatically underscores how, as prime minister, he is running the country -- not his hand-picked successor Dmitri Medvedev. Earlier this year, just before the presidential election, FRONTLINE/World documented Putin's systematic suppression of all political opposition and his assumption of a powerful role for himself as prime minister. Watch the video story Putin's Plan and read related features and interviews about his political grip on the country.