Additional Resources on Putin

Putin riding a horse
Putin piloting a plane


Robert Orttung, American University
Causes and Consequences of Corruption in Putin’s Russia
December 2006

The Boston Globe
Russia opposition: Corruption worsened under Putin
March 28, 2011

The Times
Mikhail Gorbachev attacks Putin on corruption
September 5, 2009

The Washington Post
Sergey Kolesnikov's tale of palatial corruption, Russian style
David Ignatius
December 23, 2010

The Yeltsin Administration

BBC News: World Edition 
Vladimir Putin: Spy Turned Politician
January 2010

Green Left
Yeltsin forever
November 1999

Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Policy Review, No. 100
From Yeltsin to Putin
David Winston

Cultural Icon

Esquire Magazine
Power: The Vladimir Putin Story
C.J. Chivers

Time Magazine
Putin and TIME: The View From Russia
Yuri Zarakhovich/Moscow

Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
The Putin Phenomenon
V. 24, #4 December 2008, 604 - 628


World Public Opinion: Global Public Opinion on International Affairs
G7 Citizens Critical of Putin's Impact on Russian Democracy: BBC Poll

CRS Report for Congress
Democracy in Russia: Trends and Implications for U.S. Interests
Jim Nichol, Congressional Research Service


Post-Soviet Affairs
The Putin Thesis and Russian Energy Policy
Harley Balzer
((2005) 21, 3, pp. 210–225)

Post-Soviet Affairs
Is it Putin or is it Oil? Explaining Russia’s fiscal Recovery
Hilary Appel
((2008), 24, 4, pp. 301–323)

Slate Magazine
The Problems With Putinism: Its adverse effects on Russia's would-be middle class
Anne Applebaum

Finance and Development
Economies in Transition: The Modernization Challenge facing President Putin
Andrei Nesterenko
September 2000, Vol. 37, No. 3

The New York Times
Putin Urges Plan to Reverse Slide in the Birth-rate
May 11, 2006


2000 Presidential Election

World Socialist Website
Putin's election as president signals authoritarian turn in Russia
Vladimir Volkov
30 March 2000

2004 Presidential Election

PONARS Policy Memo 32 
Putin’s State Building Project: Issues for the Second Term
Brian D. Taylor
November 2003

2007 Legislative Election

Voting in 2007 Russian legislative elections: The role of Putin’s approval and ideology
Alexei V. Zakharov

2008 Presidential Election

Ria Novosti
Medvedev wins Russia's presidential election

BBC News
Putin confirmed as new Russian PM
May 2008

World Socialist Website
Putin-Medvedev tandem wins presidential election in Russia

Foreign Policy

Middle East Review of International Affairs 
Putin and Russia's Middle Eastern Policy
Ilya Bourtman
June 2006

Harvard International Review 
The Putin Generation: How Will Its Rise Affect US-Russian Relations?
Nicolai N. Petro
September 28, 2008

Center for American Progress
US-Russian Relations in a New Era: One Year After the "Reset"

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
U.S.-Russian Relations: Current Tensions Reflect Past Foreign Policy Failures

The KGB Connection

The Economist
Russia under Putin: The making of a neo-KGB state

Speigel International Online
Esionage: A Complete Conformist

Washington Post Foreign Service
Putin's Career Rooted in Russia's KGB
David Hoffman

Wall Street Journal
The Leningrad Enigma: In Putin's Past, Glimpses Of Russia's Hardline Future
Alan Cullison, Gregory L. White and David Crawford

Politics and the Presidency

The Weekly Standard
Putin's Power Politics:Rebuilding Russian clout, one natural-gas pipeline at a time
January 2006

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Putin's Reforms and Russia's Governors: "The Impact of Putin's Reforms on Russia's Governors"

The Heritage Foundation, Backgrounder #1353
The Rise of Putin: What It Means for the Future of Russia
Ariel Cohen

Studies in Central and Eastern Europe
Politics and the Ruling Group in Putin's Russia

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
The Putin restoration
Leon Aron

World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 4, 
Bush’s and Putin’s Tentative Embrace
Ian Bremmer and Alexander Zaslavsky
Winter, 2001/2002

Post-Soviet Affairs
Vol 24, Issue 3, pp. 199–230
The Russian State in the Times of Putin
Gerald M. Easter

Europe-Asia Studies
Volume 58, Issue 6, pages 903 - 924
Putin's militocracy? An alternative interpretation of 'Siloviki' in contemporary Russian politics
Bettina Renz
September 2006

Europe-Asia Studies
Vol. 55, No. 3, pgs 383-399
Putin and His Supporters
Stephen White and Ian McAllister
May 2003

Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law
Vol 36, Issue 3
Vladimir Putin and the Rule of Law in Russia

Centre for Economic and Financial Research at New Economic School
State capture: from Yeltsin to Putin
Evgeny Yakovlev and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Studies in Central and Eastern Europe
Politics and the Ruling Group in Putin's Russia
Steven White, Editor


YouTube Collection

Russian Politics and Society (PDF)

Learn Judo With Putin

Putin Shoots Tiger with Tranquilizer

Predvybornyy shtab Putina 2000 [Putin's campaign headquarters 2000]

On the night of the election, Putin gathered around him in his windowless electoral headquarters, as depicted in an illicit YouTube video that appeared online, some of his closest circle. There was Medvedev, Chubays, Kozak, Sergey Ivanov, Reyman, Zolotov, Lesin, Il’ya Klebanov, Surkov, Pavlovskiy, Litvinovich, and a few others.  In the video, which was shot by an unknown videographer and released onto YouTube without attribution, Putin sits in the center of the room joking and signing books. There is general merriment—several including Medvedev appear to be the worse for wear. Zyuganov is on the TV in the background complaining about the need for investigation of fraud. No one pays the slightest attention. They talk about how they are already over 50%. Putin and Zolotov have a tête-à-tête at the side of the room, speaking conspiratorially about something “Igor” had said (possibly about Sechin, who was not there), their faces only inches away from each other, with Putin reaching up and straightening Zolotov’s tie as if the general were a mere schoolboy. Later, the conversation turns to the results. Kozak is seen viewing the incoming results on a computer, surrounded by Ivanov, Chubays, Reyman, and Klebanov and he reads out that there are already 62 million confirmed (not spoiled) ballots cast (the total at the end of the day was 75 million). The talk then turns to the various positions that will be meted out, when Putin reminds them that if he’s already been elected president, everyone automatically has to resign and he gets to renew his cabinet, reminding them all who is boss. They watch a prerecorded interview with Putin, in which Putin tells the country that tomorrow they will all be back at work at 10am because “we don’t have the right to relax even for a second.” There was general laughter and back-slapping in the room.