Monday, February 10, 2014

CNN: "The Power of Vladimir Putin", short film gives a look at his authoritarian mindset

On Sunday afternoon, CNN aired a 30-minute documentary “The Power of Vladimir Putin”, right after Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square show.
The film traced his career as a young man.  His self-confidence was increased by taking judo, and pictures show him to have been very attractive when in his 20s, when he went to work for the KGB.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, whose suddenness shocked everyone (but, then, so did the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989) Putin worked for the mayor of St. Petersburg before finally working himself into a position to be head of state, starting in 1999, after Yeltsin.
Putin is said to be mainly concerned about restoring respect for Russia as a great power.  But he seems to have replaced communism with a kind of limited fascism, where he demands the personal loyalty of all Russians, and this is partly behind how he has manipulated anti-gay rhetoric (yesterday’s posting).   

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