Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. During this time, he has shaped the country. He has successfully invaded two countries and strengthened ties with Syria and Iran. He is intent on pushing back against the western world order and it appears to be working. He has been for 17 years in power and is most powerful man in the world today.
He is intent on pushing back against the western world order and it appears to be working. He has been for 17 years in power and is most powerful man in the world today.
To understand how a man can create such influence on his country, let’s get back to the time when chaos and corruption gripped the country. After the fall of Soviet Union when the Berlin wall fell, a 40-year-old man was working as an undercover spy in the East Germany for Soviet security agency-KGB: Meet Vladimir Putin.
The Soviet Union was split into 15 countries including Russia. In Vladimir Putin’s eyes, Russia had just lost 2 million square feet. Russia had to sell 45000 public businesses like energy, communication, and mining. The Russian economy was in chaos. It was a freefall and ended in hands of today’s wealthiest men in Russian region.
Russia’s first president Boris Yeltsin was wildly unpopular for cooperating with the west. He was an alcoholic and many Russians thought he was an embarrassment.
In 1991, when Russia was on freefall Putin left KGB and became the Mayor of St. Petersburg. Putin used his position to give special treatment to his friends and allies in the private sector. He quickly became famous amongst the wealthiest people of Russia. And, not after so long, he assembled a network.
In 1999, Boris appointed Putin as the Prime Minister of Russia. The actual reason behind this decision is still unknown. He is a fierce nationalist.
Alliance of USA and NATO forced him to be focused on being stable at home and capable of influencing neighboring countries.
Neighbouring warlords (Chechnya) were attacking Russia continuously. Putin decided to avenge. People rallied around him. Russian bombings killed over 80000 people in Chechnya. In less than a year, Russia brought Chechnya back in its control. Boris resigned and made Putin as an Interim President.
Vladimir Putin won the presidential elections and began to shape Russia according to his vision. He suppressed those against him and rewarded those who supported him.
In 2008, Russia invaded Georgia, its former Soviet republic. This move was not appreciated around the world. But at the time of the invasion, Putin was not the president. He was serving as the Prime Minister. In 2012, he again announced his candidacy for President and won the elections with 63% votes. He also has a cyber army which is for the fight against the west. Its main effect was seen in 2016 US elections.
His decisions have resulted in harsh sanctions from the west which is why Russian economy is going through bad times. But this man is very focused on making Russia again a powerhouse.