Authors: Steven Lee Myers
THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK
PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF
Copyright © 2015 by Steven Lee Myers
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Grateful acknowledgment is made to PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group, for permission to reprint excerpts from
First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia’s President
by Vladimir Putin, et al., copyright © 2000 by Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, and Andrei Kolesnikov; and
by Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, copyright © 2000 by Boris Yeltsin. Reproduced with permission of PublicAffairs via Copyright Clearance Center.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Myers, Steven Lee.
The new tsar : the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin / Steven Lee Myers. —
First American edition.
“A Borzoi book”—Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-0-307-96161-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-0-307-96162-4 (eBook)
1. Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952– 2. Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952—Political and social views. 3. Presidents—Russia (Federation)—Biography. 4. Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoi bezopasnosti—Biography. 5. Political leadership—Russia (Federation) 6. Power (Social sciences)—Russia (Federation) 7. Russia (Federation)—Politics and government—1991– I. Title.
eBook ISBN 9780307961624
Cover photograph by Platon / Trunk Archive
Cover design by Peter Mendelsund
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For Margaret, Emma, and Madeline
And in memory of my mother, Nita Louise Myers
Oh, he understood very well that for the meek soul of a simple Russian, exhausted by grief and hardship and, above all, by constant injustice and sin, his own or the world’s, there was no stronger need than to find a holy shrine or a saint to prostrate himself before and to worship.
The Brothers Karamazov