Daniel Halliday
Jul 13 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

How did Vladimir Putin rise to such a powerful position in Russia?

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the Russian President from 2000 until 2008, then Russian Prime Minister from 2008 until 2012, and is now in his second term as Russian President until 2024. During his time in power Russia has been criticised as suffering from a democratic decline, scoring the lowest Democracy Index and Freedom in the World Index scores since the Soviet government was in power. The country has also scored poorly on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index as corruption is said to be flourishing under Putin’s watch. But how did the country get to this point, how did Putin get to this unrivalled position in Russian politics and how does he manage to keep up such a corrupt government in power?
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It is widely known that Vladimir Putin’s career started with the KGB (Комите́т Госуда́рственной Безопа́сности - Russia’s security and intelligence agency) having grown up with a keen interest in spy novels and cinema, joining the agency in 1975 as a counter-intelligence operative first in Leningrad and then in Dresden, East Germany. Putin’s political career began after the fall of the Soviet Union, Putin worked behind the scenes keeping a low profile, but with deeper connections than any normal politician Putin quickly rose in rank to become head of the KGB (now renamed Federal Security Service or FSB) and then a close aid to President Boris Yeltsin who Putin ultimately succeeded as president. It is clear that without what some have referred to as Russian deep-state connections Putin would not have become so influential in the country. It is this intelligence background and these connections that continue to inform Putin's, and therefore Russia’s, stance internationally, and the states involvement in democratic interference worldwide stems from this also.

businessinsider.com/how-vladimir-putin-rose-to-power-2017-2 businessinsider.com/vladimir-putin-russia-president-2011-9#the-dark-rise-to-power-5

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Following the fall of the Soviet Union Russian domestic politics was wide open to members of the public, and there was large participation from parties that were formerly outside of Communist Party politics, one of these was Vladimir Putin. Following the mentorship of Saint Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, Putin rose through the ranks as an adviser to Boris Yeltsin throughout the 90s with a seemingly progressive and pro-western political outlook, subsequently serving as acting President following Yeltsin’s surprise resignation late in 1999. From first year as president elect onward, Putin quickly began to follow a more self-gratifying political stance, carrying out purges of those who challenged him in the media, business or political world, and became a more assertive internationally leading to many high profile disagreements with the United States.

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