Putin was a lad from the slums who joined the KGB and, although his personal reviews were often very poor, he made it to the top and then onto President. The author has set out the dangers that Putin has brought to the world in a must-read book. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Putin's Virtual War, Russia's Subversion and Conversion of America, Europe and the World Beyond FILE: R3140 AUTHOR: William Nester PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cold War, Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, USSR, KGB, GRU, KGB general, KGB Director, Putin, Russian Federation, FSB, cyber space, information warfare, information security, SIGINT, misinformation, propaganda, surveillance, IT vulnerability, communications vulnerability, electronic security, manipulation, social media, the Internet, misdirection ISBN: 1-52677-118-7 PAGES: 354 IMAGE: B3140.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/quf7my9 DESCRIPTION: Putin was a lad from the slums who joined the KGB and, although his personal reviews were often very poor, he made it to the top and then onto President. The author has set out the dangers that Putin has brought to the world in a must-read book. – Most Highly Recommended. The history of Putin's rise to power was remarkably rapid, all the more so when some of his assessment reports described him as lazy and incompetent. However, he did rise to the top of the KGB and is a product of that notorious organization. It should therefore be no surprise that he is using all the KGB play-book strategies and enhancing them with the great developments in communications and computing. What is not at all clear is who he owed his promotions to and who shaped the man of today, but also raises questions as to the degree to which he is solely responsible for shaping his actions now. In the West, politicians hailed Glasnost and the fall of the USSR as the end of all wars and the opportunity indulge in a peace dividend spending spree. Many failed to understand that the old USSR was dead in name but not in tradition and motive. The KGB fought back and almost toppled the architect of Glasnost, leaving his wife terminally scared, but it failed for a number of reasons. One was that Yeltsin carried the breakup of the old Soviet Union through force of personality and failed to receive the support and guidance that the Western democracies could have provided at a critical point. Many assumed that all that was needed was to build a few MacDonalds in Russia and introduce the trapping of Western culture. They failed to understand Russia has a long history of leadership by strong individuals, ruthless suppression of opposition, and a slave culture applied to the mass of the population. Ivan the Terrible sent his Oprichnici out to terrorise the population and remove any potential rival with the greatest brutality. He was following a format established by the Czars who went before and he would be followed by generations that followed his lead. The Russian Revolution simply replaced him with new 'czars' who ruled with equal brutality and Putin is as much captive to a heritage as he is a new style 'czar' who has adopted modern technology to the old traditions. The author has presented a detailed picture of Putin and the threat he poses to all of his neighbours. Inevitably, new situations can emerge and the Chinese Wuhan-19 Pandemic potentially changes the prospects for the future. It remains to be seen if these potentials will become game-changers, particularly in respect of Putin's grip on power at home. Behind Putin are power brokers, most of whom became very rich, kleptocrats and sponsors of kleptocrats. Almost overnight they stripped the best parts of the old USSR for their own personal gain and most of them were members of the KGB 'family', forming a ruthless new mafia. There are signs that Putin is losing their backing, although this could just lead on into a series of bloody purges that could leave Putin with an even tighter grip. If he falls, most of the dangers set out in this book will remain, just under new management. The significant unknown will be what happens to China and that will be determined by how much anger has been stored up around the world as a result of the release of the Wuhan-19 pathogen and the attempts by the Chinese Government to conceal the huge dangers through delays in releasing information, lies and blatant propaganda. At the very least, the Chinese could see serious damage to their trading and political relationships, even to the point of seeing China retreat from the world stage as she has done several times in history. However the post-Wuhan-19 world plays out, there may be little change to the warnings set out in this absorbing book. It is one of those must-read books.