Putin's Russia with David Dimbleby

Putin's Russia with David Dimbleby

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Review

The World Cup begins tomorrow in Moscow, and given the tension surrounding Vladimir Putin’s regime and its dealings with the outside world (there were widespread calls to boycott the tournament), it will be a relief if the headlines over the next few weeks are about football.

As the country prepares to put on its best face, David Dimbleby looks at how the regime operates for Russians themselves, what they see in Putin, and how he has held on to power for so long. Dimbleby joins children as young as seven learning to shoot guns in a patriotic youth club and hears from opposition protestors, lawyers and journalists who reveal the extent and ruthlessness of the Kremlin’s autocratic rule.

Summary

With talk of a new Cold War and British Intelligence accusing his government of `criminal thuggery , this Panorama special examines what Russians see in their president Vladimir Putin and investigates how he has held on to power so long. Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby talks to an eclectic mix of Putin supporters, and also hears from opposition protestors, lawyers and journalists who reveal the extent and ruthlessness of the Kremlin's autocratic rule.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Dimbleby
Director Kate Godfrey
Editor Rachel Jupp
Executive Producer Nicolai Gentchev
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