The Putin Files

Putin Consolidates Power in his Second Term

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, strongly opposed by Putin, turned U.S.-Russia relations toxic. The suspicion from Moscow deepened when Putin blamed the West, and Washington in particular, for the “color revolutions” in several former Soviet republics. After the deaths of hundreds of children in the town of Beslan, when Russian forces stormed a school taken by terrorists, he moved to consolidate power. As the West grew increasingly wary of Putin, he forcefully denounced the U.S. during a 2007 speech in Munich, signaling a deepening antagonism.

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