Putin: A Russian Spy Story Series 1
An exploration of how Vladimir Putin deployed his knowledge of spy-craft as a politician, and how modern Russia evolved through an acute sense of betrayal, pride and anger
Part 1: The Rise of Putin
The film tracks how Putin escapes poverty by joining the KGB, his reinvention as a political fixer in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and how he gets into position to take over from President Yeltsin.
Part 2: Enemies and Traitors
This second instalment finds Putin arriving in the Kremlin as an unknown president whom the Russian oligarchs hope to control, and charts how he gained a powerful stronghold over all affairs of state
Part 3: Putin Forever
The final instalment of the documentary opens in Salisbury with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, before tracking back to see how Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012 after a four-year absence was greeted by furious protests and accusations of corruption, as well as American sanctions. The programme also looks at Putin’s decision to annex Crimea and launch a war in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s interference in politics on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East.