The story of Vladimir Putin's rise to power

This gripping Vladimir Putin documentary series explores the Russian President’s rise to power. From street kid to spy to shaping modern Russia. Told through Putin’s own words, those that know him and examining those influenced by his actions, this Vladimir Putin series looks at his time with the KGB, his twenty plus years at the Kremlin and what his lasting legacy might be?

Watch Putin - A Russian Spy Story and more acclaimed documentaries on BBC Select today. Restrictions apply*.

Putin - A Russian Spy Story on BBC Select

A chance viewing of a Russian spy drama inspired young Vladimir to sign up to the KGB and it was there he set his sights on the Russian presidency. What came next has all the ingredients of a real-life spy story with his past experiences shaping his leadership.

Stream Putin: A Russian Spy Story and learn more about the Russian president. Including interviews with Putin’s inner circle, Putin’s opponents, and his victims. This fascinating Vladimir Putin TV series gets as close as we’ve ever been to this controversial figure.

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