PUTIN’S KLEPTOCRACY Who Owns Russia? Karen Dawisha Simon & Schuster 445 pages; $30 Now in his third (non-consecutive) presidential term, Vladimir Putin presents himself as the strong and virtuous leader who rescued Russia from the chaos, corruption, penury and weakness of the 1990s. State-controlled news media and Kremlin spin doctors disseminate this message diligently — and to good effect, judging from Mr Putin’s 80 per cent approval rating. But with Putin’s Kleptocracy, Karen Dawisha, a respected scholar of Soviet and Russian politics at Miami ...
Kleptocrat in the Kremlin
The bedrock claims of Putin's Kleptocracy are that the essential character of Vladimir Putin's system is colossal corruption and that he is a prime beneficiary
Rajan Menon Last Updated at November 30, 2014 21:45 IST