After 20 years in the wilderness, the Russian bear is once again rising as a geopolitical force in the world, not to mention a counterbalance to Western designs in the Eurasian region. But why did Russia fall so low after the collapse of the Soviet Union? What were the conditions that gave rise to the Wild, Wild East in which almost all of the country’s power and wealth was transferred to a handful of Russian oligarchs like Roman Arbamovich and Boris Berezovsky?
Just as important, how did these gangster capitalists lose their influence and power in the early years of Vladimir Putin’s first presidency? To answer these questions, I present a fascinating two-part film from the Canadian documentary series Human Edge, featuring exlusive footage and interviews with many of the most important movers and shakers of the era, including Putin himself.
Part One: The Fall of the Soviet Union and the Rise of the Oligarchs
Part Two: The Rise of Putin and the Fall of the Oligarchs