It’s been described as the most serious threat to Vladimir Putin’s leadership in years: the armed rebellion on June 23, led by the Russian mercenary Wagner Group and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
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Prigozhin and his forces ultimately stood down, but the mutiny raised new questions about the strength of Putin’s grip on power amid discontent around his troubled war on Ukraine.
Veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team examine the story of Putin’s rise, his clashes at home and abroad, how his troubled Ukraine war led to this moment of uncertainty and what it could portend for the country, the region and the world.
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“Putin’s Crisis” is a FRONTLINE production with the Kirk Documentary Group. The director is Michael Kirk. The producers are Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser and Vanessa Fica. The writers are Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser. The reporter is Vanessa Fica. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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Prologue - 00:00
Putin During the Fall of the Soviet Union and Russia’s 1991 Failed Coup - 5:54
Putin’s Political Rise and How He Dealt With Threats - 11:39
How Putin Reacted to Pro-Democracy Protests in Russia in 2011-2012 - 20:49
Putin’s Actions in Crimea and Ukraine in 2014 and the Rise of Wagner Group - 28:38
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Role in the 2016 U.S. Elections and in Africa and the Middle East - 32:03
Putin Launches a Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine in 2022- 38:22
Prigozhin & Wagner Group’s Role in the Ukraine War - 44:04
Credits – 53:16