20 Years of Putin

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Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 40

At the time, it looked like just the latest bit of craziness from an increasingly erratic Kremlin. On the morning of August 9, 1999, Boris Yeltsin fired his prime minister Sergei Stepashin and picked FSB chief Vladimir Putin to head what would be his fifth government in 17 months. A week later, on August 16, the State Duma ratified Yeltsin's choice.

At the time, a joke making the rounds in Moscow noted that Yeltsin had swapped one 40-something security service officer from St. Petersburg for another 40-something security service officer from St. Petersburg.

It may have looked like madness. But it turned out to be the beginning of an era that has already spanned two decades and has had profound implications for Russia and the world.

The Putin era turns 20 this week. So let's take a look at where it’s been and where it’s going.

Joining Brian Whitmore on the 40th episode of the Power Vertical podcast are CEPA's Donald N. Jensen and special guest Ilya Zaslavskiy, Head of Research at the Free Russia Foundation.


August 16, 2019