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Waller discusses Putin with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News

(Institute of World Politics news release)  Professor J. Michael Waller was Bill O’Reilly’s guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” show February 24, discussing the conduct of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the Bush-Putin summit in Bratislava. The program is on the Fox News Channel. Citing the Russian leader’s murky KGB career, which involved allegedly corrupt dealings with

Introduction to dismantling a secret police state

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and J. Michael Waller edited a series of articles on the legacies of totalitarian secret police systems. Those articles were published in August, 2004, in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Berman and Waller co-wrote the following introduction to the series: When a totalitarian group seizes power, whether by parliamentary maneuver or

Portrait of Putin’s past

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University), Vol. X, No. 3, February 25, 2000. Why is so little known about the KGB career of Russia’s acting President Vladimir Putin? Most reporting on both sides of the Atlantic is thinly sourced, if sourced at all, and often conflicting. Was Putin a professional foreign intelligence cadre officer whose

Yeltsin keeps it all in the family (on the rise of Putin)

by J Michael Waller, Insight, September 6, 1999 Download PDF: IM Rise of Putin 1999.09.06 Boris Yeltsin has named the head of the secret police, Vladimir Putin, as his latest prime minister, raising fundamental concerns about the direction Russia is taking. As a KGB officer he oversaw the Stasi secret police in Communist East Germany. He led

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