The twentieth century has entered history as an age of tyrants. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong. In The Corporation, Yuri Felshtinsky exposes a new type of tyrant in Vladimir Putin. While dictators of the past have been self-motivated and self-appointed, Putin was handpicked for power by Russia’s newest ruling class, the Federal Security Service (FSB). As in the handover of executive power in any large corporation, it was the desire of the “shareholders” that Vladimir Putin would guarantee their rights in the new corporate republic.
Starting with the ashes of the KGB, on through the oil tycoons of the Yeltsin era, Felshtinsky traces the development of the Russian Federation’s strange new ideology, revealing how members of Russia’s ruling class have adopted the mantra of capitalism–so hated in the old Soviet ideology. They now think and behave as the world’s most ruthless corporation.
From acts of domestic terrorism and political assassinations to windfalls in billions of dollars worth of shares in state-owned companies, The Corporation unveils the shocking truth about Putin’s reign and the team of FSB agents who serve him loyally. Even now as he leaves the presidency, Putin’s influence carries on from the prime minister’s office. The question now is: how much of Vladimir Putin’s power is his own, and how much is simply on loan to him from the Corporation?