Vladimir Putin – a Russian Spy Story is the most complete documentary about Vladimir Putin. In three thrilling episodes, it explores President Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. From street kid to spy to shaping modern Russia. Told through Putin’s own words, those that know him and examining those influenced by his actions, this Vladimir Putin series looks at his time with the KGB, his twenty-plus years at the Kremlin and what his lasting legacy might be?
When Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, it took much of the ‘free’ world off guard. Few had expected this to happen. However, for anyone having seen this fascinating documentary about Vladimir Putin, it couldn’t have come as a surprise.
Putin's Rise to Power
The early years of Vladimir Putin
Moving back and forward in time with the energy of a spy thriller, we see how the Putin we know today was shaped on the hard-scrabble streets of Leningrad (now St Petersburg). The film tracks how he escapes poverty by joining the KGB, how he models himself on the Russian James Bond, his reinvention as a political fixer in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and how he gets into position to take over from the ailing President Yeltsin.
Enemies and traitors
Vladimir Putin's accent to power
The second part of this documentary series shows how Vladimir Putin arrives in the Kremlin as a vulnerable and unknown president, whom the Russian oligarchs hope to control, and how he asserts his hold on power and ultimately surrounds himself with his KGB peers
Vladimir Putin's World View
The last part of the series opens in Salisbury with the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The story tracks back in time to see how Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012 after a 4-year absence is greeted by furious protests. His attempts to restore his ratings while coping with divorce and the loss of his youth are thrown off-course by accusations of corruption and American sanctions. He encourages a wave of populists, notably Donald Trump, but will he ever be able to leave power?