When Vladimir Putin first became Russian prime minister two decades ago in 1999, few people had even heard of him. But the stern-faced former KGB officer soon triggered a love affair with the Russian population. Two decades on, after re-imposing authoritarian rule and a new confrontation with the West, he shows no sign of leaving. Ekaterina Egorova joins Greg to discuss his character traits and those of other authoritarian-minded rulers currently having their day.


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Ekaterina Egorova

Co-founder and president, Niccolo-M Strategic Communications Agency

Head of Political Profiler, political and psychological consulting firm based in Washington



Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power



The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard.


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