Vladimir Putin Investigative Reports

Vladimir Putin’s Rise to Power

From Soviet spy to the highest elected office in Russia, Vladimir Putin has now served as President of Russia for 14 years — and by all accounts he’s about to make that 20.

During Vladimir Putin’s time in power, he’s cracked down on political opposition, annexed parts of Ukraine, and overseen Russia’s increased involvement in global affairs.


Inside Putin’s Russia

Correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin take us inside Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with an in-depth look at the resurgent national identity, the government’s propaganda machine, the risk of being a Kremlin critic and much more.


Putin critic latest of many to suffer untimely calamity

Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, talks with Rachel Maddow about connecting the dots on the shockingly long list of Russian journalists, activists, and critics of Vladimir Putin who have met with untimely deaths or mysterious illnesses.


Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow


Poison, Jail and Suicide: How Putin’s foes disappear

Putin’s political opponent, Alexei Navalny, was taken out of the running with a four year old fraud case. However, this isn’t the first time Putin’s opponents have mysteriously been ‘removed.’


Putin brooks no quarter for rivals

Rachel Maddow tells the story of how Vladimir Putin destroyed his political opponent and seized his oil company, which was eventually absorbed by the Kremlin oil company, Rosneft, and the close relationship between Putin, Rosneft, and ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson.


New Trump era emboldens Putin, a perilous time for Putin critics

Rachel Maddow reports on how the Donald Trump era has emboldened Vladimir Putin, and reminds viewers of the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and the poisoning of Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza.


Putin The World’s Richest Man

Rachel Maddow explains how Russia, under Boris Yeltsin, privatized its national assets to a few powerful bank oligarchs, and how Vladimir Putin learned to take advantage of that system to make himself, according to US intelligence, the richest man in the world.


Vladimir Putin not only engaged in tactics to influence the US 2016 election, but   according to President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has a history of interfering in elections in the Ukraine and Georgia


Video title: Russia treason arrest seen as tacit corroboration of US intel

Rachel Maddow reports on concerns about Russia’s influence over Donald Trump, and the likelihood that Russia’s arrests of FSB members for treason is confirmation of some part of recent U.S. intelligence releases about Russia.