Drawing on extensive reporting from her years as a Moscow-based correspondent for the Financial Times and other publications, Catherine Belton has assembled a fascinating portrait of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and two decades at the helm of the Russian state. By masterfully weaving together previously undisclosed details of Putin’s service in the KGB, experiences in the rough-and-tumble St. Petersburg of the 1990s, and the activities of his closest associates, Belton offers a groundbreaking assessment of how Russia’s regime actually operates.
Please join us for a virtual discussion with Belton on her book’s most important revelations and what they mean for Russia’s relations with the West.
Catherine Belton is a prominent investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times. She is the author of Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West (2020).
Andrew S. Weiss is the James Family Chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.