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Vladimir Putin: The Other Mr. PresidentBy This American Life, Ira Glass

In a Nutshell

In this February 2022 episode of This American Life, Ira Glass revisits a 2017 episode featuring journalists and ordinary Russians discussing President Vladimir Putin, how he came to power, and his popularity.

Favorite Quote

I think the real reason people like Putin is not because they think he'll keep moving Russia forward into the future. It's because they fear someone else, anyone else, might drive Russia back to the past.

Charles Maynes, NPR Moscow correspondent


Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine in February 2022, escalating a conflict that had started in 2014 and upending decades of European order.

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president since 1999, justified the invasion using his signature blend of disinformation and revisionist history.

The refugee crisis that ensued in 2022 has spurred worldwide media coverage and the questions of many desiring to uncover Putin's real intentions.

This American Life host Ira Glass presents stories from 2017 in this updated February 2022 podcast episode Vladimir Putin: The Other Mr. President.

Foreign journalists and everyday Russians probe the questions behind Putin's enduring popularity in the country, his rise to power, and the massive propaganda campaigns that keep him there.

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