Putin's Political Rise
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“Putin was a good student. He learned to run affairs very well at the beginning.”
Former adviser to Vladimir Putin
“Temperamentally and in style, he is the anti-Yeltsin, and I think that is symbolic of this idea that he’s bringing back a kind of dignity and strength to the Russian presidency that had been missing under Boris Yeltsin.”
“ I think the lesson is that Russians like when they are fighting against the world.”
“What it did convey, of course, is that he had really studied my dossier.”
Deputy Secretary of State, 1994-2001
“Russia is a country of symbols, and if you begin your tenure by honoring somebody like Andropov, a symbol of Soviet totalitarian repression, that's not a very good sign for an upcoming administration.”
“Suddenly he comes on television. He says: 'We’re going to hunt down the terrorists, and we’re going to wipe them out in the outhouse. If we find them in the outhouse, we’re going to wipe them out in the outhouse.'”
Author, "The Man Without a Face"
“It was all the time [a] comparison with Yeltsin, and Putin was winning in this comparison because he was much younger. He didn't drink. He was a sportsman. He was very decisive...”
Russian political scientist
“His very identity as a political figure in Russia is intertwined from the very beginning with this connection that he’s drawn between needing to keep the state safe...”
Co-author, "Kremlin Rising"