Masaru Sato: from spies to emperors

People with six persons

I bought several new books about Putin in the Russian Internet-stores, but there is almost no useful information about this person. In fact, the newer book about Putin in Russian, so it assodigitale. The fact that the process of transformation Putin Emperor contributes to increased self-censorship among Russians.

A book of Americans by Clifford Gaddy and Fiona hill, “Putin’s World” at the moment, is the finest biography of the Russian leader, which can be read in Japanese.

In Soviet times, Putin was responsible for external intelligence of the KGB (at the time of dismissal he was in the rank of Colonel). In 1996, he began working in Moscow in the presidential administration. Since then, he quickly began to climb the corporate ladder. The first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin appointed him as his successor. After that, Putin has strengthened the Foundation of their power. The book is written in understandable language; it carefully investigates the process, Putin is gradually turning into a dictator.

You can say that about the biography Putin knows very little facts.

Gaddy and hill explore the personality of Putin on the basis of the working hypothesis that it has six parties: nationalist, historian, survivalist, outsider, a supporter of the market economy and agent provocateur.

As a result, they quite succeeded to solve the riddle of Putin.

The starting point of Putin

All people are related to their experience. In the case of Putin it is important that he has not experienced the freedom of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika.

Interesting statements on this account the former Putin’s wife, Lyudmila. In 1985, when Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist party, Putin was sent to work in Dresden.

(Having a bad experience in Dresden, in the early 1990-ies Putin returned to the USSR. At first he worked in Leningrad University, and then began to write his thesis. While Putin was out of town in Leningrad the various events. During this time Putin learned in East Germany, however, the people remaining in the USSR, received a richer life experience. In the book “first person: conversations with Vladimir Putin” along with the statements of Putin, there are comments of his wife Ludmila. In an interview, she said: “the Restructuring and everything that happened in 1986-1988, we in Germany have seen only on TV. So on that enthusiasm, on that rise, which were the people in those years, I only know the stories. For us it’s all behind the scenes”. At the end of 1980-ies in the Soviet Union was the intellectual and cultural collapse, created something new, was experiencing political upheavals. Couple of Putin, who returned home, saw the Soviet Union, which was on its last legs. They never felt no inspiration).

Putin did not feel the intellectual and social growth, which was inherent in most Russians in the late 1980-ies. It left a mark on Putin’s worldview, and this fact cannot be ignored.

Putin, who plays for the market economy and respect private property, and hates communism. However, he is nostalgic for the USSR which was a superpower that rivals the United States.

That is why Putin is trying to revive the “non-Communist Soviet Union.”

Its essence — KGB

Also very important is the style of behavior of Putin, acquired when he was a KGB officer.

Gaddy and hill define this trait as “agent provocateur”. In the sphere of diplomacy Putin is behaving that way.

Putin is very clever in building personal relationships.

However, this is not because he respects his friend and treat him like an equal. The fact that he uses these relationships in the interests of the country. From this point of view, corrupt politicians, pursuing only our own profit, present for Putin’s great value.

A good example is ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

(Putin was aware that the greed of President Yanukovych is his weakness that can be exploited. Such as Yanukovych is a typical example of a foreigner, which in the 1970s and 1980s, the years hunted Putin and his comrades in the KGB in Leningrad and Dresden. Greed and crime increase the risk of losing face domestically and internationally, so such people are easy to drive into the corner and get some guts. Putin nailed it: he entered into a questionable power deal with confidants of Yanukovych and ordered that the Russian company has worked with enterprises, which is closely associated with Yanukovych and his family).

Since Yanukovych was too greedy, this caused the people’s anger, after which the President of Ukraine was forced to flee to Russia. In the result, Putin had to take the risk to join the Crimea to gain full control over Ukraine, and to give Pro-Russian militias in Donetsk and Luhansk region.

For this he paid a huge price: the unprecedented deterioration of relations with the US and the EU. Diplomacy pursued by agent provocateur does not always bring success.

In this book there is virtually no information about the personal life of Putin. The head of Russia carefully guards his personal space. However, in my opinion, for Putin, the work is everything. He’s not paying attention to his personal life.

As a diplomat I communicated with various members of the RAF and the Mossad, and for many of them the work took almost all personal time. It seems that Putin cannot get away from this lifestyle.