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Book Talk: The New Tsar

When Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister in 1999, the question everyone asked was, "Who is Putin?" Remarkably, in 2015, there are those who are still asking the same question. He remains a divisive figure, inside his country and outside, with vociferous critics and equally ardent supporters. Putin's rule has often seemed deliberately inscrutable, but the key to understanding one of the most consequential leaders in the world today lies in his family history, his upbringing, and his rise to absolute power in Russia.

Date & Time

Sep. 28, 2015
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Book Talk: The New Tsar

When Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister in 1999, the question everyone asked was, "Who is Putin?" Remarkably, in 2015, there are those who are still asking the same question. He remains a divisive figure, inside his country and outside, with vociferous critics and equally ardent supporters. Putin's rule has often seemed deliberately inscrutable, but the key to understanding one of the most consequential leaders in the world today lies in his family history, his upbringing, and his rise to absolute power in Russia.

Speaker

Steven Lee Myers

Steven Lee Myers

Public Policy Scholar;
Diplomatic Correspondent, Washington Bureau, The New York Times
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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