Putin and the Presidents

January 31, 2023 / 54m

Season 2023: Episode 10

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Photo: President Barack Obama: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza; President Joe Biden: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz; President Donald Trump: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead; President George W. Bush: Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library; Russian President Vladimir Putin: REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool; President Bill Clinton: REUTERS/Larry Downing


FRONTLINE investigates Russian President Vladimir Putin’s clashes with multiple American presidents as he’s tried to rebuild the Russian empire. Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk (Putin’s Revenge, Putin’s Road to War) and his team trace the miscalculations and missteps of U.S. presidents over five administrations, culminating in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.