PBS’s Frontline and correspondent Gillian Findlay trace Putin’s career back two decades to his political start in St. Petersburg, where allegations of corruption began almost immediately. Drawing on firsthand accounts from exiled Russian business tycoons, writers, and politicians – as well as the exhaustive research of scholar and best-selling “Putin’s Kleptocracy” author Karen Dawisha – the film examines troubling episodes in Putin’s past, from alleged money-laundering activities and ties to organized crime, to a secret personal fortune said to be in the billions. Though originally aired in 2015, it is a timely, enlightening, and prescient window into the man who has plunged Europe into war. 

By Frontline PBS