channel4.com 3 Episodes, First shown: Mon 6 Apr 2020 | 3 x 47 mins. A definitive account of Putin's power and how it changed the modern world.
An exploration of how Vladimir Putin deployed his knowledge of spy-craft as a politician, and how modern Russia evolved through an acute sense of betrayal, pride and anger.
Putin's power is associated with Political murders of truth-sayers, the most prominent being the journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow,assassinated at home on Putin's birthday, like a demonstration of Putin's power.
The Rise of Putin Episode 1 Straight away we are exposed to a character from a 1973 Soviet TV series, Seventeen Moments of Spring, essentially the Russian version of James Bond. Stierlitz. This character on TV is said to have inspired a 21-year-old Putin so much that two years later he would join the infamous KGB. Many years later, the rising political star would recreate a scene from this series using the very same music, making it very clear how he saw himself. His presidency itself reads very much like a spy thriller.
Anna Politkovskaya murder: 14 years later, still no clear answers
Enemies and Traitors
Episode 2 In the second episode, we examine how Vladimir Putin arrived in the Kremlin as a vulnerable and relatively unknown president, whom the Russian oligarchs expected to be able to manipulate and control. This film reveals how Putin asserted his hold on power and ultimately surrounded himself with his KGB peers, as well as his philosophy in regards to traitors and enemies. The episode also examines the stories of businessman Boris Berezovsky and defector Alexander Litvinenko, who both stood up to Putin and wound up dead on British soil under suspicious circumstances.
Putin: A Russian Spy Story
Episode 3 In the final episode of this miniseries, we find ourselves in Salisbury, United Kingdom, with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, before tracking back to see how Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012 after a four-year absence was greeted by furious protests and accusations of corruption, as well as American sanctions. The film also examines Putin’s decision to annex Crimea and launch a war in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s interference in politics on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East.
A summary from imdB: The rise of another superpower dictatorship
Putin came from the slums of Leningrad where he from the start made himself prominent as a thug among street gang fighters. Gradually he advanced into politics, where the KGB took care of him and educated him into a a cool ruthless opportunist using any means to further his career.
As such he got into the favours of the decaying alcoholised Boris Yeltsin, who made him his successor for the presidency of Russia. This position he has maintained by consistently persecuting opponents and critics, even abroad, like the notorious Litvinenko case in Britain, a British citizen murdered by Putin's agents.
Litvinenko poisoned with polonium 210
This was followed by other political murders of truth-sayers, the most prominent being the journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow, assassinated at home on Putin's birthday, like a demonstration of Putin's power. He has also been accused of bringing Donald Trump to power in America, but like all allegations of his crimes, Putin has denied them all, being safe in his absolute position and having made sure to obliterate any possible evidence.
What we are dealing with here is a world mafia syndicate of the richest people in the world in the highest positions of power, like Putin, Trump, Bolsonaro, Erdogan, the Iran jihad autocracy, the Chinese communist party, Kim Jong Un and others.
This documentary gives a comprehensive view and insight into Putin's career, pointing out the fact that he is nothing but a street gangster thug that as a professional opportunist has managed to replace a former regime of ruthless gangsters with another more subtle gangster syndicate with himself as supreme mafia boss.