The Putin Files

Putin’s Vision for Russia in his First Term

Putin began his presidency by crafting an image for himself as a vigorous and modern politician, committed to restoring Russia’s international prestige and power. Despite coming to power as an avowed democrat, one of his first moves in office was to tame Russia’s newly vibrant media landscape. While his relations with President Clinton were mutually wary, Putin sought to cultivate a better partnership with President George W. Bush, who ended their first meeting by saying he’d seen the “soul” of the new Russian president.

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