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pelosi, phil what are you watching for? >> the president's cabinet. is he going to push out any other members? we've got our eyes on interior secretary ryan zinky. >> that's going to wrap it up for us tonight on kasie d.c. the percentage of white men as a share of white republicans on track to rise to 90%. we'll be back next week from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. eastern. for now good knight from washington. >> the russian government have any compromising material on president trump or his family? >> does donald trump fear vladimir putin? personally i believe he does. why does he fear him? i don't know. >> he has loomed over the trump presidency. >> there's no doubt among the american intelligence agencies, the cyberattacks on the american election in two 15 were ordered by vladimir putin.
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here it comes, fake news, here comes cyberattacks. it comes right out of an intelligence officer's brain. >> the end of the soviet empire shook him to the core. >> likes to tell that the collapse of the soviet union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century. >> and paved the way for his rice to power. >> people who run afoul of vladimir putin don't just get their hands slapped, they get their hands cut off. >> of course i'm afraid of putin. that's the price you pay for what you do in russian politics now. >> vladimir putin is like the crime boss, the crime boss with nukes, this is a guy who is more dangerous than the world has ever seen. >> he's ruled the nation of 144 million people, for almost two
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decades, but even vladimir putin is sensitive to poll numbers. in mid 2018 after announcing plans to raise the pension eligibility age, he suffered a nearly 20% drop in his approval rating so the intimidating president appealed to his fellow russians in a very modern way. >> starring in a reality show. >> putin. featuring the man with the arsenal of approximately 7,000 nuclear weapons at his disposal kicking back with nature. >> of course, he's not the first tv star president. >> you're fired, get out of here. >> except like president trump putin first proved his mettle as an intelligence agent and ruthless politician. experiences he seemed to use to his advantage when the two leaders met in helsinki in 2017.
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>> putin is disciplined, he's taken his measure of donald trump. he's going to walk into a room with donald trump and know exactly what he wants and how he's going to get it. trump by contrast is famously undisciplined. has the opposite of a trained intelligence agent. >> vladimir putin is somebody who has operated on the world stage for decades. he knows international issues very well. he has seen presidents come and go. and i think he has been very, very skillful in terms of using his political acumen. to his benefit. >> vladimir putin, former kgb colonel and current president of the russian federation. first elected in 2000, he's the longest serving russian leader since joseph stalin. >> he's corrupted by power. because just imagine, 18 years you're the czar. >> putin's former prime
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minister, mikhail kasmaniav. >> mr. putin wants foreign leaders to accept him and his regime as a decent one. >> at the july 2018 summit, vladimir putin became the only russian president in history to meet alone without advisers from either side with a sitten american president. while no one knows what transpired during their private meeting, the press conference afterward held several revelations about putin's views of donald trump. >> president putin, did you want president trump to win the election? and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that? >> yes, i did. yes, i did. because he talked about bringing the u.s./russia relationship back to normal. >> this is speculation that putin was replying only to the
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first part of the question. since he's vehemently denied interfering in the election. but american national security agencies came to a different conclusion. >> not only did putin intervene in the elections, he intervened on behalf of trump to combat putin's worst fear. that hillary clinton would become president of the united states. >> vladimir putin was responsible for directing the scope, the magnitude, the scale, intensity of that attack. >> former kgb agent and russian state doum deputy agrees with the findings of american intelligence. >> putin made everything possible to help trump to be the american president. that's why i can believe in these accusations of russians. >> the united states-sponsored russian tv is pouring praise on president vladimir putin calling him a master of rhetoric. a more skilled negotiator than president trump. >> putin's diplomatic power play over president trump at the
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helsinki summit was a pinnacle moment that reverberated around the world. >> he showed he was not willing to stand up to the russian leader and tonight foreign diplomats are saying that for the first time in 70 years they cannot depend on an american president. >> but putin's show of intellectual force in helsinki was not just about trying to prove his dominance over president trump. >> vladimir putin doesn't care about donald trump. vladimir putin doesn't care about the republicans, vladimir putin doesn't care about the democrats. he hates america. he hates the united states. he wants to create problems and trouble here. >> he wants to see western democracies in crisis, in chaos. mostly so they can't challenge him. >> vladimir putin is one of the most powerful men in the world. >> and he has forced himself on to that stage no matter how much anybody else might want to keep him off. >> that's a toughness that came early to putin. >> he was a child of the soviet
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union born in leningrad in 195 2. the only surviving son of vladimir and maria putin. in a city still reeling from the ravages of the german invasion during world war ii. >> no country has ever suffered the losses that the soviet union suffer between 1941 and 1945. over 20 million dead. the siege of leningrad, putin's home city was surrounded for 900 days. >> people in leningrad talked about eating human flesh to stay alive. people dying on the streets of starvation. anybody who grew up there would have heard these stories. >> it was a hard-scrabble life. the putins lived with two families in a communal apartment. >> he was kind of a little bit of a street hooligan, a small guy and he would make a point of finding the biggest kid he could and literally attacking him to show all the others that he shouldn't be trifled with.
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>> amid grim post war leningrad, putin saw a beacon of light -- the kgb. the soviet union's intelligence service. >> i literally worshipped the kgb. it was perceived as something like an elite. the best and the brightest. >> he was enchanted with a serial called "the sword and the shield" a heroic take on the kgb intelligence officers during the war and it was romantic. it was presented to russians as this james bond kind of lifestyle. russian soviet intelligence officers, he talks about learning judo at a young age to try to represent the people he was seeing in movies. >> vladimir putin has always built himself to be stronger than he actually is. judo, that's essentially using your adversary's weaknesses against them. manipulating them and putting them into a position where you can achieve victory. >> in "first person" a book of interviews that putin gave in
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2000 about his life. he stated what hay mazed me is that one man could achieve what whole armies could not. one spy could decide the future of thousands of people. >> he went to the local kgb headquarters and said i want to volunteer, i want to become a spy. and they said no, you don't join us, we recruit you. >> putin went on to study law at leningrad state university. during his last year there, finally got the call that had been his dream since childhood. >> coming up, vladimir putin, and millions of his countrymen had no idea of the calamity that awaited the soviet union. here we go.
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and the kgb played a prominent role both inside and outside of soviet union. >> one of the most vile murderous intelligence services in modern history. a service whose object was to imprison the people of the soviet union. keep them in line. murder those who were not in line. >> they would put people in barrels that were studded with nails and roll them around. they would pour cold water on them in the freezing moscow winter and create literally ice statues of them. the kgb also had another role, which was to recruit assets and individuals in the west who could serve as spies to try to undermine democratically elected governments. >> putin hoped for a foreign posting. but he spent his first decade as a kgb agent in leningrad ultimately as an intelligence officer. recruiting foreigners to be
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sources and spies. not much is known about vladimir putin's private life. in 1983 at age 32, he married a flight attendant five years his junior. they initially lived with his parents, and within a few years, had two daughters. >> they seemed to be a fairly normal russian marriage, i think she didn't work after their children were born. putin is intensely private about his daughters in particular. >> after ten years in the kgb putin received his foreign posting in 1985. but not to a plum spot like a city in the u.s. or western europe. he was sent to dresden, east germany. >> a mid-level bureaucrat in some way. a case officer, but not some sort of super spy. >> i don't think he felt invigorated that he was making a meaningful contribution, so i
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think he felt a bit lost. >> the soviet people -- >> back home in the soviet union, a progression of economic crises were exacerbated by ronald reagan's determination to out-spend the russians in defense and bring the ussr to its knees. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> the soviets and the kgb were reeling under a tremendous strain and pressure from the west. >> soviet presidentmy michel gorbachev. >> the great breakthrough in terms of liberty is something he mentions, my wife and i saw this on television, we weren't there when it happened. >> but after the berlin wall collapsed in november 1989, putin soon came face to face with changes sweeping the soviet bloc. the following month he was
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inside dresden's kgb headquarters when protesters surrounded the building. >> putin takes a pistol from a security guard, he holds it up and makes clear he will shoot anybody who tries to get inside. don't know what to do beyond protecting the headquarters. he went inside, talked to the military and said contact moscow, find out what we need to do here and the military attache said i contacted moscow and moscow was silent. >> in his book, putin states that i got the feeling then that the country no longer existed, it had a terminal disease without a cure. >> this was this searing moment for him when suddenly he felt cut off from everything he had understood. he had been part of the system. he had helped hold up the system and now the system was in effect abandoning him. >> if the kgb is his signature experience that shapes and informs all of his tactics and techniques, the unraveling of the soviet union literally is a
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defining story for vladimir putin. by the end of 1990, putin, his wife and two daughters return to leningrad. his international spy career had fallen far short of his hopes. and the following year he resigned from the kgb. he was 38 years old. >> on christmas day, 1 1991, president mikhail gorbachev resigned on tv. >> the soviet union ceased to exist, the hammer and sickle came down from the kremlin walls and the flag of the russian republic went up. the one word that sums up the collective feeling to people like putin devoted to the soviet state, humiliation. >> he's at a loss to figure out how he's going make his mark in
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when the soviet union receded into history at the end of 1991, it took with it the boris yeltsin was president of the newly formed russian federation. a country that had to create itself from the ground up. >> it was a wild test time. there were no clear laws, there was a new parliament that was trying to make laws. there was no real system in place. >> crime was rampant. basic necessities unavailable. and unemployment was widespread. but 39-year-old vladimir putin was a lot better off than many other russians, he had a job. he had befriended an tolly sochat. a leningrad university law
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professor who became the city's first elected mayor. and appointed put ton his administration. >> he was just one of the guys who was working with my father. and he came to our home and they wore our clothes but putin was always a workaholic. he didn't like to be in the spotlight. >> by 1993 put-become deputy mayor of st. petersburg, the city like all of russia, was struggling. boris yeltsin's government of democratic reformers fought to transform a failed state-run economy into a capitalist system. yeltsin initiated the mass privatization program in 1992. to help spur the process. american-born investor bill broader moved to moscow in the mid 1990s and ran hermitage capital. the largest hedge fund in russia. >> they transferred all state
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property away from the state to private citizens. the intention was to give it broadly to everybody. in reality 22 people ran enormously valuable assets from the government for nothing. often illegally and then ended up becoming spectacularly rich. >> some of putin's leningrad colleagues moved on to kremlin jobs in moscow. by august 1996, he also began working for the yeltsin government. and quickly began plotting the kremlin ladder. >> was someone who understood the way people ticked. >> if you're loyal. if you can get things done in this case for a faltering boris yeltsin. who is consumed by alcoholism. want to give that person more responsibility. >> in the 1998 yeltsin appointed putin to the head of the successor of the kgb. the man who always wanted to be a spy now commanded the
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motherland's domestic intelligence service. >> i can imagine that vladimir putin was looking at the fsb as being a very important institution that he understood because he was from that world. >> putin soon had the fsb utilize some old kgb tricks. obtaining compromising material called kompromat on a targeted individual to gain leverage. >> when he became director of the fsb, the prosecutor general in moscow, a man named skoriatov was starting to prosecute a number of crimes around the yeltsin family and mr. putin at the time helped out mr. yeltsin by taking a clandestinely acquired firm of mr. scrotov with prostitutes in a moscow hotel. >> the film was broadcast on russia's rtr state tv network and ended scotov's career. >> he showed he swas someone who could be trusted to protect
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yeltszen and the family. >> but putsen could not fix all of yeltsen's problems. >> yeltsin wouldn't end up facing criminal liability. >> decisive man, man who knew how to manipulate power, vladimir putin. >> in august 1999, yeltsin appointed 46-year-old vladimir putin prime minister of the russian federation. and endorsed him for the presidency. but yeltsin's plan for his new prime minister to become president and then pardon him soon looked like it would back-fire. >> and i remember how the parliament was laughing. they were quite happy actually. and very pleased. and that's why they voted for putin.
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person who was embraced by yeltsin himself would lose any chance for a political future. >> but yeltsin hadn't played his final card. on december 31st, three months before the next election, boris yeltsin resigned and designated vladimir putin acting president until the election was held a few months later. that afternoon putin addressed the nation on russian state tv. >> translator: i'm drawing your attention to the fact that even for a minute there will be no vacuum of power in the country. not before, and there will never be. i want to give awe warning that any attempt to break any of the russian laws to violate the russian constitution, will be decidedly foiled. ? for many russians the new president was a welcome replacement for yeltsin. >> he first becomes president, they take a poll. what was the attitude about vladimir putin that russians admired most. something like 40-some percent said he was sober. >> he has a face that doesn't show any human emotion.
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vladimir putin." three months after he was appointed acting president of the russian federation, in march 2000, vladimir putin was elected to the nation's highest office. putin's early actions encouraged many russians and the west. margarita simmonyi, head of two government news agencies was a young reporter at the time. >> one of the first laws that was introduced was a law that it was now a criminal offense not to pay salary. that was probably the biggest problem for the average person. >> with respect to capitalism, he has a package of reforms that were championed by western analysts including me. consolidating the tax system. reducing corporate taxes. >> putin's challenges weren't only economic. a long-running conflict with
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check chechnya brought on a rash of bombings which killed hundreds and attributed to muslim checkens demanding independence. >> mr. putin send 100,000 troops to chechnya, called the second chechen war. it was much more brutal. >> it's a criminal state, terrorist state. >> terrorist networks were on putin's mind when he met with george w. bush in slovenia in june 2001. he warned the american president and his national security adviser, condoleezza rice about the taliban and al qaeda. according to rice, both discounted his alarm. >> apparently a plane has just crashed into the world trade center. >> the very first leader in the world to call george w. bush on 9/11 is vladimir putin. he wanted to pledge to the united states that he would fight this together. that made for a close and effective relationship in those early years.
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>> putin thought well perhaps now bush and his european allies will finally sign up for my war of civilization against what he perceived to be islamic terrorism. >> but beginning in 2004, nato began expanding to include countries formerly in the soviet eastern bloc and putin's early warning towards the united states took a cold turn. >> what drove a wedge between the united states and russia was that we were trying to create democratic countries in ukraine. and in georgia. countries that he hoped to keep under his influence. >> that fit the sort of historical sense of grievance and betrayal by the west so someone who may have had instincts to become more democratic by 2004, that pretty much had ended. >> putin was also putting an end to democratic reforms inside russia. he restricted elections for the russian parliament and the state took control of all three
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independent tv networks. >> he's trying to consolidate power in autocratic ways and to reduce the autonomous activity of the media, of business, and of political parties. >> it was the closing of a society that had this, this brief period of openness. >> journalists were singled out for attack. >> made journalists his big enemy. he got lots of journalists killed. the crimes were never properly investigated. >> putin targeted the oligarchs, especially those who opposed him. mikhail kordokovsky, the country's wealthiest man. >> kodorkovsky began funding other parties and putin saw him as a threat. >> in late 2003 kodorkovsky was arrested for fraud and tax evasion, a move applauded by many russians. >> putin showed the oligarchs and showed the country that they're not going to be in charge.
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and we now know we actually a lever. >> put-kodorkovsky displayed in a cage during his trial to get the attention of other oligarchs. according to bill broader. he issued them an ultimatum. >> they went to putin and said what do we have to do to make sure we don't sit in a cage? and putin said 50%. 50% to vladimir putin. at that point he became the silent business partner of all the oligarchs. >> putin was re-elected in a landslide in march 2004. winning 71% of the vote. six months later in september, tragedy struck the russian city of beslov when russian militants occupied a school for three days, taking 1100 people hostage.
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including almost 800 children. army troops stormed the school to end the siege. by the time it was over, 334 people were dead, half of them children. it was a turning point for putin and for russia. >> this was used by putin's surrounding start new political. which in fact moved to us strong consolidation of political power in one hand. and putin in fact started to be more dictator than elected president. >> in the wake of beslan, putin eliminated elections for governors across russia, he would now appoint them. and those who crossed him, were punished. in november 2005, american-born investor bill broader, who had made billions in the russian stock market was deported from russia after living there for nine years. >> my offense was to expose
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corruption at the largest company in russia, gazprom. multibillion-dollar scams that government officials were benefitting from. >> browder had issued reports of his findings to western media his russian lawyer, sergey magnitsky investigated corruption for three years after browder's deportation and discovered a trail of evidence that browder claims led directly to the kremlin. >> sergey magnitsky had uncovered a $230 million crime. but it was only one of a series of crimes similar thefts from the state. so we discovered that putin was one of the beneficiaries of the scam and set off a firestorm with enormous consequence. >> sergey magnitsky was arrested in november 2008. for the next year he was repeatedly tortured and denied medical care. browder later learned of mag nitky's fate from a report
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published by an ngl. >> on the night of november 16th, 2009 they chained him to a bed and eight guards beat sergey magnitsky to death. he was 37 years old. he left a wife and two children. >> coming up -- >> you get to the arrival of putin in russia, you're one of two things, you're either an ally of his or you keep out of sight. [sneezing] ♪ you don't want to cancel your plans. [sneezing] cancel your cold.
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competent -- >> well into his second presidential term in 2007 vladimir putin rode a strong wave of popularity among russians even as he eliminated democratic reforms. >> there is economic success. there's the creation of a russian middle class, pensioners live better. he shows he can be effective in keeping people safe and he stands as a world leader, he gives the russians pride. >> but putin was
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constitutionally barred from serving a third consecutive term. for the upcoming 2008 election. he endorsed his deputy prime minister and chairman of oil giant gazprom. 42-year-old dmitri medvedev for president. >> medvedev is like putin, a lawyer. by training. he's a member of the core group for sure. he's loyal to a tee. >> as president, medvedev appointed putin his prime minister. >> it's quite a story there, the authoritarian leader gives up the presidency, but you know behind the scenes putin is pulling most of the strings. >> later that year the united states also had a new president. barack obama. who announced a reset with russia as an effort to improve relations between the two countries. president obama travelled to moscow in july of 2009 and met with president medvedev and prime minister putin. >> putin expounded on his theory
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of american power and said look you guys do this and you make things worse off and he was focused on iraq. he was surprised when president obama agreed with him in that moment i think that putin thought well maybe obama is different. >> in the wake of the meetings, there are agreements forged between the medvedev and obama administrations, including a reduction in nuclear arms. >> it was quite clear that this was only being done with putin's approval. you know, he was giving some rope here. he was giving some slack. >> while putin pulled strings behind the scenes. he also stepped out on stage at times. and in 2010, celebrities-studded children's charity event in st. petersburg. ♪ ♪ >> and in the wild. seen in footage that went viral around the world. >> wuking around with no shirt on and hunting tigers and going underwater it looks odd and
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strange to us in the west. but he understands that those things resonate with people through the russian land mass which is what, 13 time zones across. >> even as he cultivated his image at home, prime minister putin remained focused on world events. beginning in 2010, a wave of protests against authoritarian governments erupted across the middle east. the arab spring. when medvedev didn't object at the u.n. to president obama's initiative for an american-led intervention in libya, putin was no longer willing to stay behind the scenes. >> the arab spring is the pivotal moment where putin decides a we are dangerous. we, the united states of america and barack obama and b, medvedev is naive about how dangerous we are. >> and that drives putin to decide he's not going to let
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medvedev stay in the presidency. he's going to come back and take over the presidency. >> putin ran and was elected president for a third time in march, 2012. medvedev didn't oppose him and once again, was appointed his prime minister. >> it's a system that is created for him always to win. the chances that martians will could have and save russians from putin is bigger than putin not winning those elections. >> but for months before and after the election, people took to the streets of moscow and other russian cities, claiming the electoral system was a sham. >> first 50, then 500, then 5,000 and eventually 200,000 people are on the streets of moscow and so putin's pissed, he's like why are they protesting against me? i'm the one that made them rich. the next reaction was fear. these are the kinds of demonstrations that led to the collapse of soviet union. that's when he develops an argument that these people are not acting independently. that they're supported by america.
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>> putin viewed one american in particular as the mastermind behind the demonstrations, president obama's top diplomat. >> we do have serious concerns about the conduct of the elections. >> secretary of state clinton criticized legislative elections. putin came out and said that hillary clinton was orchestrating this. >> hillary clinton was such an overt supporter of democracy, human rights, gay and lesbian rights. women's rights. everything putin is against. >> obama's ambassador to moscow, michael mcfall, also was on the receiving end of putin's animosity. the fsb followed him and his family throughout moscow. russian state tv broadcast stories about him inciting a revolution against the government and then mcfall recounts during a meeting at putin's residence, he felt physically intimidated. >> and just out of the blue he kind of turned to me and you know, this guy is causing trouble for us.
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he stared at me. it seemed like for 15 minutes. it was probably 15 seconds. but it was a scary moment. he was angry at me. >> mcfall wasn't the only object of putin's ire. since sergey magnitsky's death, bill browder had been lobbying western governments, including the united states congress to punish those responsible. >> i took this idea to senator benjamin cardin and senator john mccain. i said can we ban the people who kill sergey magnitsky from coming to the country and can we freeze their assets? they said we can. that was the genesis of the magnitsky act. >> browder's theory is that the magnitsky act affects putin directly. >> vladimir putin doesn't keep any money in his own name. he keeps money in the name of many russian oligarchs. and this piece of legislation can and will freeze the assets of those oligarchs. i believe that putin is the richest man in the world. and i believe he's worth $200 billion and this piece of
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legislation puts that money at risk. >> interesting in putin's wealth spiked when legal documents indicating offshore bank accounts were leaked to the press and became known as the panama papers. they pointed to a money trail of approximately $100 million that reportedly led to putin. but was held in the name of a musician friend, sergey roldugin, quite a large sum for an orchestra cellist. >> it was a bill confusion and big scandal and putin took it very personally. because he's a personally exposed. >> putin is corrupt. he created a corruption system in russia and this system with all his friends, is taking the money out of russian economy. >> vladimir putin. >> puten's annual government salary is the equivalent of about $300,000. and while there are no official accounts of his net worth. there are a few indications.
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such as a home he allegedly built on russia's black sea coast that was speculated to cost $1 billion. >> the right way to think about it is like he's the czar of russia, he can use anything he wants. so you own a yacht? if he says you know what, i would like to spend a week on this yacht, you have no choice but to do that. protests and violence broke out on the streets of kiev in 2014 by ukrainians wanting closer ties to the west. >> a country like ukraine looking to move to the west or move to nato or move to the eu, he sees this as a personal insult. >> we didn't believe ukraine is part of the zone of the russia. russia's influence. and it was a very emotional when he turned to european union instead of russia. they decided to punish you krab. >> putin sent in russia soldiers, within a month he had annexed crimea. by the following november russia occupied eastern ukraine.
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rather have a puppet as president. >> no puppet. >> it's clear. >> you're the puppet. >> it's clear you won't admit the russians have engaged in cyber hacking. >> the 2016 election season was in high gear. so were vladimir putin cyber troll hackers and intelligence operative. >> the american election was such a big thing for putin personally. because of the united states. sanctions and clinton.
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doubtful any kind of online activity could be done without his approval. >> the russian cyber attack. 2016. really three elements to it. the first was to penetrate the democratic party servers. and the e-mail top official the clinton campaign. the other was to get into state elections systems. to their data base. and the third element of the this was to inflame or create divisions within the american political culture. with twitter and youtube. and probably most of all facebook creating fake pages and fake tweets. >> putin's goal according to u.s. intelligence agencies was to hurt hillary clinton. help trump. and provoke conflict without leaving any fingerprints.
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>> state sponsored russian hackers. polls now open. >> elections over and done donald trump will be the next president of the united states. >> vladimir putin campaign to attack democracy probably exceeded his own expectations. i don't think he could have imagined trump would emerge the victor. >> might it have influenced the election? it might have. we'll never know. >> inside russia there was also surprise and relief. as seen on russian tv. >> very well when state belonged to trump. he became the president of the united states. all his supporters in russia drank champagne for election of president trump. >> before president obama left office, his administration levied sanctions and expelled 35 russians in retaliation for the
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cyber attack on the united states. once president trump was sworn in, any further actions would be up to his administration. >> the most people believe that hillary clinton was going to win the election and believed that whatever we were able to do in response to their interference was going to be continued. by a clinton administration. but then the election results dictated otherwise. >> a year later, special counsel robert mueller issued his first indictment of 13 russian nationals for election hacking. >> his intelligence officer. he can say this isn't us. he understands having grown up in the kgb and creating this system. it is part and parcel of the same thing. he's controlling it. >> the american election wasn't the only target of putin's attacks. in march 2018. a former russian double agent
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and his daughter were poisoned in england. with a chemical agent. only produced in russia. they survived. two men traveling on russian passports were later identified by britain as the would be assassins. putin denied russia had anything to do with the attack. >> in going after scriple and assassinate him. he wouldn't abide by any rules or norms. and do whatever it takes to hunt down anybody who he believes is an asset of the west. >> two weeks after the poisoning in march 2018. vladimir putin was reelected to a fourth term. >> breaking news tonight. major new charges in the mueller investigation. >> a dozen russian agents charged with hacking the democrats. >> on july 13, special counsel mueller investigation into
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collusion between trump campaign and russian government. issued another indictment. rinking the kremlin. to the election attack. three days later putin met with president trump in helsinki. >> why should americans and why should president trump believe your statement that russia didn't intervene in the 2016 election? >> putin denied the allegation. instead he offered to allow mueller to observe russian law enforcement interviewing the alleged hackers. he wanted something unprecedented in return. access to u.s. officials he claims were criminals. >> officers of law enforcement. and intelligence service of the united states. whom we believe have something to do with illegal action in russia. >> on his list. former ambassador to russia. michael mcfall. >> i was shocked. the audacity of what he was doing.
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saying we want to arrest a former ambassador of the united states of the america to the russian federation. and daring the trump administration to back that back. and the president didn't bat it back. >> vladimir putin never would have made the proposal to obama or clinton or bush. he would know they would have turned him down flat. >> he felt that he was in command. i don't know what was going through his mind other than donald trump is not going to be real a problem for me. >> while his attack on the american election monopolized the press conference. vladimir putin seemed unfazed. the premier alpha male. unbothered by evidence or inquiry. and so far unrebuked by president trump. >> vladimir putin knew in order to ensure the success of the russian nation state, he had to have someone in the white house who would defer to moscow. that's exactly what vladimir
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putin has gotten in trump. >> he got what he wanted. and he was never held fully to account. >> vladimir putin emerged from the wreckage determined to put russia back in the center of the international universe. and he's done that. first lady michelle obama. >> official obama has returned to the spotlight. >> when she lifts her voice people listen. >> from her humble roots in chicago. >> michelle is south side. to the core. >> girl from the south side can blk first lady. all things are possible. >> her journey em bodied the american dream. >> you know there's no other choice. other than barack

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