Vladimir Putin's Long Shadow Germany: The discreet lives of the Super-Rich 1 day ago   44:32

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He casts a long shadow over the globe. Russian leader Vladimir Putin has outlasted three American presidents and is on track to stay in power until 2024. His incursions in Georgia, the Crimea and Ukraine have rattled the West, while his crackdowns inside Russia have riled his democratic opponents.

But a joint investigation by the fifth estate and PBS’ Frontline reveals an even darker side to one of the most powerful leaders in the world: Allegations of criminal activity dating as far back as his early days as a top official in St. Petersburg; ties to organized crime and money-laundering activities; and a secret personal fortune said to be in the billions.

“Putin’s Long Shadow” also raises disturbing questions about the role the Russian security services played in four apartment building bombings in Moscow and other cities in 1999 that killed nearly 300 people – a tragedy Putin blamed on terrorists and used to cement his power.

Host Gillian Findlay talks to a senior police officer who tried to arrest Putin on corruption charges; an investigator who was jailed for asking too many questions about the apartment bombings; and Russian businessmen who detail the levels of corruption and collusion.

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Evan Roberts
Lol, if Putin's some master criminal as claimed, ALL these witnesses and documents would have 'disappeared' years ago... He either has power or doesn't have power. Make up your mind what sort of villain you want him to be.

Oh, and the West found they could do business with him. It's just that he did business better, and was able to catch markets that the US couldn't. Therefore..... sanctions...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky not corrupt, but manages to recover 100 million dollars he had stashed in Ireland... One only needs to read this headline to know the guilt.
"Putin pardons Jewish tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky"
https://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-pardons-jewish-tycoon-mikhail-khodorkovsky/

Putin fought the jewish oligarchs. That IS the Russian Mafia.
oooSoundOfLifeooo
*Dear CBC people !* Look at the comments below - and I mean _do look!_ - and the numbers of likes: AREN'T YOU STARTING TO GET IT ???
To each and every of you journos still in there: dare to be _honest_ and to confront your bosses with _real_ journalism, ethical and balanced. If you loose your tenured job, you'll have much more fun, respect and success outside than in your dying institution! If you go, and every capable colleague goes, then the 'minders' will soon loose their last viewers, and you'll be on the right side (ethically _AND_ economically, look at the subscription numbers of independent channels!) of the profession !
Владимир
PUTIN номер 1,запад иди НАХУЙ🖕
Brahim Agandouz
I am from Belguim Flanders. And i like russia in 2019.🤣🤣🤣 and the EU or the USA are NOT DEMOCRATIE contries.
Lusia Shulz
my dog could be a popular president of Russia , this is are population with brain washed of VODKA . They will idolize any trash , but not God .
Aslam Mhmd
Don't look at beck look at front how beauty he build his country great president putin hòooooooraaaaaaa😍
Christopher Gibbins
Such rubbish
Miguel Angel Gonzalez
Look, both russians and chinese do not understand DEMOCRACY, Russia is a half asian nation. This Germanic-Keltic-Latin-Greek values do not have a hold on Asia s culture.
Gunj Chowwiwat
Cool!
Abdul Rashid
I'm from Afghanistan i don't like Russia but now Putin is totally different Putin is the best in the world. World should respect for Putin and the world should except Putin is the world leader. Every country have positive and negative. I love Putin.
taher tufenkeji
Damn he stole millions from the Russians, bought himself villas in Spain, blew up his on subway this guy is pure evil

The only way to explain how a government worker became a billionaire ! Gangster all the way
taher tufenkeji
Putain needs to be arrested next time he’s in Europe taken with Bashar Assad to The Hague for murder and theft very easy to prove as they’re intentionally killing civilians randomly

Where is his war on ISis
jyotirmoy gogoi
and threre is america, where all politicians are saints
Vishal Coodye
Жаль, что люди называют прошлое лидера настоящей личностью.
Путин достиг невозможного и мир должен знать, что никто
мог бы управлять Россией и вернуть нацию на путь
как он сделал. Он лучший и он все равно будет лучшим.

Этот документальный фильм - посмешище.
Dimakatso Dimakatso724
Propaganda
HathawayRose
Europe is sick and tired of this cold war paranoia and the lynch mob mentality that goes with it.  America needs to ditch the fear and the xenophobia and start acting like a rational, civilized nation once more.
Geoffrey
What good thing has american terrorists done?, destroying syria and libia. Is this what makes american great. I highly respect putin, He is the only leader who doesn't covert wealth of other countries. For many american companies, like BP gas and Shell have ruined many african countries through oil dumps.
Khysrow Akbari
This documentary can satisfy sick people, I vomit while watching this video. How a corrupt Vladimir Putin can bring Russia at the top of the world? Think
Brian Titchener
Brainwashed, hero worshipping Russians. They have this strange affinity for so-called "strong leaders," otherwise known as authoritarian tyrants. Putin is a malevolent individual. He rules over a corrupt, intimidatory regime. Peaceful protests about corrupt electoral procedure are dealt with by Putin's thugs in uniform, commonly referred to under the misnomer 'Russian police'. I've watched these brave men savagely punch a defenceless hancuffed woman and beat another (handcuffed) woman with batons. If you judge a country by how it treats its citizens then Russia is scraping the bottom of the barrel. Freedom of expression? Don't make me laugh. It's still an "evil empire" like Reagan said.
Geoff Dein
Vladimir Clinton
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Germany: The discreet lives of the Super-Rich Vladimir Putin's Long Shadow 1 day ago   42:26

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The rich in Germany been never been as well-off as they are today and assets have never been so unevenly distributed. But who are they? How do they live? And what do they think of their country? A journey into the discreet world of the super-rich.

One percent of Germans own over a quarter of the country's assets, whilst half of the country’s citizens have no assets at all. But while the German media report on the growing poverty in the country on a daily basis, little is known about the super-rich. They keep a very low profile and can walk the streets unrecognized. "Manager Magazin” says there were around 200 billionaires living in Germany in 2018, and their numbers are increasing. The documentary "Top of the World" asks why rich Germans are so unwilling to talk about their wealth. Its author immerses himself in the discreet world of big money and meets financial advisors with 800 years of family tradition behind them and billionaires such as drugstore king Dirk Rossmann and mail-order company heir Michael Otto - as well as a self-made businessmen such as Rainer Schaller. They talk about their notions of money and justice, the origins of their wealth and their fear of social envy.


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