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Putin’s Revenge 2x54

“Captivating… it’s impossible not to be drawn in by this life’s journey… Mr. Kirk and team have produced, in ‘Putin’s Revenge,’ a work of electric power so steady in its capacity to fascinate—or enrage—that it tends to leave a viewer limp. There is in it no whiff of old news.” — The Wall Street Journal

FRONTLINE tells the story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Against the backdrop of investigations by the FBI and Congress into the role Russia played in the 2016 U.S. election, this epic documentary draws on more than 60 interviews with diplomats, intelligence officials, political leaders, journalists and primary sources to trace how Putin went from low-ranking KGB agent to long-serving president of a newly assertive Russia with the ability to wage cyber-war in the U.S. and across the globe. From Michael Kirk and the team behind The Choice 2016, Putin’s Revenge is a riveting investigation of how the U.S. struggled to confront Vladimir Putin over Russian involvement in the 2016 election, how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy and the U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump.

Part One of Putin’s Revenge is a portrait of what makes the Russian leader tick, and the events that shaped his belief that the U.S. has sought to undermine Russia dating back to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Part Two delves into the riveting story of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. election, and how and why the Obama administration struggled to confront Putin about both election interference and, before that, Putin’s actions in Ukraine.