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Russia and the West: Putin Takes Control

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: National Geographic
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091908Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vladimir Putin, after eight years as President of Russia and four more as Prime Minister, is stubbornly holding onto power. He has announced his intention to return as President and declared his party the winner in parliamentary elections that are widely seen as fraudulent. In December, tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow in the largest protests since Putin came to power. Putin began his career as a KGB officer. But when he became President, he made himself a valued ally of the West. How did he do it? And where did things go wrong with Washington and London? For the first time Putin's top colleagues—and the Western statesmen who eventually clashed with him—tell the inside story of one of the world's most powerful men.

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4.0 out of 5 stars US Elite View of the Russian President September 24, 2013
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The Russian Federation is one of the few states in the world that has an independent foreign policy. Too bad that the National Geographic Society could not have given a better picture of Putin. The main reason the US elites don't like him is that he is a nationalist and not easily fooled. That is apparent in the account as you see Medvedev and Putin reacting in similar situations. But it really got to me that the so-called chicken embargo was not given a full picture in that the chickens were embargoed because of possible health issues. That was only one of the examples of having Putin painted as an obstructionist rather then just looking out for what he was supposed to -- the Russians. And how would you feel if the Warsaw Pact had surrounded the US? This is exactly how the Russians feel about having NATO surround them. They tried to join but NATO has other agendas, none of which is mentioned in this film. Nor is the Russian reaction to all of this NATO action tied to all of the times they have been invaded and lost so many people. Most People don't know that Russia was decimated in World War II by the European part of Russia in ruins and as many as 27 million Russian lives lost in the war. Small wonder they are concerned about NATO on their borders. It would have been much better to have a more balanced view, but I am beginning to despair of getting any of this on US news or television. Which is a shame! There is really no reason for us to be fighting the Russians in the future at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putin And How He Governs December 26, 2012
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This film documents the rise to power and strong leadership of Putin in his first term in office and also gives insight into his present role as he continues to guide Russia. The film footage is remarkable as it incompasses the history of his presidency and the battles fought by Russia against some of the breakaway republics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative January 21, 2013
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Very interesting and knowledgeable, enjoyed it. Good overview of his becoming powerful within Russia and on the world stage. Informative
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