Vladimir Putin's Early Life
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“He imagined he himself, he with his very hands, could restore Russian dignity. At that moment, there he is, shredding documents in Dresden.”
The New Yorker
“We viewed 1991 as the end and the beginning, and the transition from this to that. I think in the way that Putin thinks, it was just a pause...”
Adviser to former president of Georgia
“For the majority of Russians, he was just a guy who came from nowhere and who showed himself being strong...”
“The KGB office sent me a letter, and they explained to me what I should be doing to get a job in the KGB. So for Putin and for myself, we are people of the same generation.”
“He has wanted to be a secret agent all of his life, as long as he can remember...”
Author, "The Man Without a Face"
“One of his great life lessons is never show weakness because the weak are always defeated.”
The Washington Post
“The KGB's men, they were all suspicious. They were suspicious of everybody. Every person could be suspicious and [could] harm the Soviet state. I think that Putin still bears all those features...”
Co-author, "The Red Web"
“That's the moment when central authority becomes untethered for Vladimir Putin, and it's scary, and it’s uncertain, and he seems to want to restore the authority of the center for evermore...”
Co-author, "Kremlin Rising"