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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 

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 ...

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First Published: Sun, November 30 2014. 21:25 IST