Vladimir Putin: The Man Behind the Myth

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In a New Year's message to President Obama on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for greater cooperation between the two countries. But it's been a tense year for Washington-Moscow relations, with friction over crises in Syria and Ukraine, and an alleged Russian cyber attack on the Pentagon's email system. In his recently published book "The New Tsar," New York Times reporter Steven Lee Myers looks at what drives the Russian leader, exploring Putin's early years as a KGB officer, his rise to power and relations with the West.


Steven Lee Myers, reporter, The New York Times. Myers spent seven years in Russia, and two years as bureau chief in Baghdad; author of "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin."