The Man without a Face
Gessen, Masha 

Format: Hardback
Library Classification: Adult Non Fiction
BIC Subjects: Biography: historical, political & military
      Political corruption
Audience: General/trade
Publisher: Granta Books
Imprint: Granta Books
Publication Date: 1/03/2012
Place of Publication: United Kingdom

 Synopsis  Information
Handpicked in 1999 by the 'Family' surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, with very little governmental or administrative experience beyond having served as deputy mayor of St Petersburg, seemed like the perfect choice in the eyes of an oligarchy bent on moulding the president's successor to its own designs. Suddenly the boy who had scrapped his way through post-war Leningrad schoolyards, dreaming of ruling the world, was a public figure, and his popularity soared. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see the progressive leader of their dreams, even as with ruthless efficiency Putin dismantled the country's media, wrested control and wealth from the country's burgeoning business class, and decimated the fragile mechanisms of democracy.