Movie star? Master tactician? Man bent on power and popularity? Who is Vladimir Putin? On the eve of the presidential election in Russia, in which Putin is expected to secure another easy win, journalist Mikhail Zygar analyzes the nature of the longtime leader, considers what to expect in his would-be final term, and even peers into the seemingly impossible: succession. That's this episode of Wilson Center NOW.


Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist, writer, filmmaker, and the founding editor-in-chief of the only Russian independent news channel, Dozhd. Under his leadership, Dozhd provided an alternative to Kremlin-controlled TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices. Zygar is also the author of the book All the Kremlin's Men, a history of Putin's Russia, which is based on interviews with Russian politicians from Putin's inner circle. The book has become a bestseller in Russia.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.