Review: I, Putin

June 5, 2012 by

Russian President Vladimir Putin is difficult to pigeonhole as a world leader. He was successful in guiding Russia out of economic despair following years of mismanagement that characterized the Yeltsin years shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and he has been able to rein in the influence of the oligarchs who amassed such wealth when Russian industries went on the auction block in the 1990s.