From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin

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  • Published on:  Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • Putin’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order... and it appears to be working.Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at "Russian Hell" reading: Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? By Karen DawishaSubscribe to our channel! Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time he has shaped the country into an authoritarian and militaristic society. The Soviet Union dissolved into 15 new countries, including the new Russian Federation. In Putin’s eyes, Russia had just lost 2 million square miles of territory. But Putin’s regime has also developed and fostered the most effect cyber hacker army in the world and he’s used it to wreak havoc in the West. But the election of Donald Trump brings new hope for the Putin vision. Trump’s rhetoric has been notably soft on Russia. He could lift sanctions and weaken NATO, potentially freeing up space for Putin’s Russia to become a dominant power once again. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Twitter: on Facebook:
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  • Sammy Ball

     2 years ago

    This almost seems like its the opening to a movie.

  • Ted Cleveland

     15 hours ago

    the opening of call of duty MW 2

  • gebz gebba

     3 months ago

    In Russia the state owns the media.In the US the media and big corporations owns the state.

  • kiril K

     2 days ago

    Emmanuel John Laurence Dichosa Never seen the long list of companies, which fund the president candidates in each campaign?

  • Daniel Kirkland

     4 months ago

    Vox should probably have paid someone that can actually understand Russian as the subtitles are completely BS


     6 days ago

    Putin is the greatest leader of 21th Century

  • Illarion Bykov

     11 days ago

    Those captions were definitely not made by YouTube autotranslate--AI is not smart enough to lie so blatantly with such precise political purpose.

  • Ratatǫskr

     2 months ago

    Remember lads! This is a US perspective so don't swallow everything!

  • Billy Riggs

     4 days ago


  • James Robertson

     1 months ago

    Putin was born in 1952. He wasn't 40 when the Berlin Wall fell. He was 37.This is meant to be an informative video.You can't even get simple facts right.

  • Dylee


    @Nightshade Hunter are you trying to justify a "mistake" that can literally influence all 1m+ who watched this?

  • ImmortalVeteranPro

     4 months ago

    As a Finn, I'm honestly scared how polarized the world has become. Europe used to be diverse ideologically but now it's either left or right like in the US and we can't even have sensible conversations anymore.

  • Lee Burkett

     15 days ago

    From spy to president. I thought you were talking about George H.W. Bush, former director of the CIA.

  • Barath Raj

     2 days ago

    @sangam mahawar You're confusing George HW Bush with George W Bush who was president during the attacks

  • luv2travel2000

     4 days ago


  • Edgar Guerrero

     3 months ago

    "Turned the country into an authoritarian and militarist society" Damn, I was pretty sure they were a pacifist liberal society just before Putin huh.

  • Jens Kristian Moerkved

     3 days ago

    ANONYMOUS Russia was a monarchy before WW1, and one of if not the most deadly dictatorships ever after WW1


     4 days ago

    @Tosik I believe you are trying to say after world War1

  • Mutton Rolls

     4 months ago

    3:14 Putin's voice: "We need to get more thoughtful consideration..."Vox's subtitles: "They are mad dogs..."

  • Панамский

     15 days ago

    @dw5050 No. You are wrong, like Vox subtitles.

  • Иван Алексиев

     2 years ago

    I don't know how you got the translation from 3:15 to 3:18 or what you translated, but in the video Putin said, "We need to carefully treat such cases".

  • Ironfukr 9

     2 months ago

    Using fake subtitles is a common practice of the laughable US propaganda machine...I've come across it several times researching 9/11 and the middle east

  • demetre nadiradze

     2 months ago

    @Лёлик get your history straight. The un says that abkhazia is a part of georgia.