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'From unemployed spy to modern-day czar:' Putin's rise explored in new FRONTLINE documentary




Russian President Vladimir Putin stands during a TV address to the nation on December 31, 2014 in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stands during a TV address to the nation on December 31, 2014 in Moscow.
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"Putin's Way," a new documentary by FRONTLINE and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, explores the decades-long rise and transformation of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. From his 16 year career in the KGB to his third term as President of Russia, the leader has left quite a record, yet so much of it remains clouded in allegations of crime, false histories, and corruption.

Allegations against Putin include complicity in the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings, an illegally amassed secret fortune of billions, and duplicity in domestic and national dealings. This documentary attempts to sort fact from fiction through interviews with a senior police officer who attempted to book him on corruption charges, Russian politicians, writers, exiled business tycoons, and more."Putin's Way" airs Tuesday, January 13 at 10:00 PM on PBS and will stream in full, for free, online at pbs.org/frontline.

Guest:

Gillian Findlay, correspondent for "Putin's Way" and "The Fifth Estate," Canada's premiere investigative TV program



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