In this latest episode of Crooked History, Pod Save the World co-host and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes takes us back in time to track Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in Russia and how his bend toward authoritarianism has led to the devastating and brutal invasion of Ukraine.

0:00 Intro
1:20 Putin’s War with Ukraine
3:12 Putin’s Rise to Power
9:13 Putin Turns to Authoritarianism
10:54 Why Does Putin Want Ukraine?
13:20 Putin and Trump
15:32 How Does This End for Putin?

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