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Episode 966: The Rise Of Putin

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Episode 966: The Rise Of Putin

Episode 966: The Rise Of Putin

Episode 966: The Rise Of Putin

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Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation in Southern Siberia in 2009. Since rising to power, Putin has been able to control and use Russian media as a propaganda tool.
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Vladimir Putin has been running Russia since 2000 when he was first elected as President. How did a former KGB officer make his way up to the top seat? Was it political prowess or luck? In this episode, Throughline dives into the life of Vladimir Putin and tries to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."

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Music: Composed by Drop Electric, and "Go Hard Like Vladimir Putin."

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