Mark Galeotti: We Need to Talk about Putin: How the West Gets Him Wrong

1st edition. London: Ebury Press, 2019, 143 pages, ISBN: 978-1-52910-359-5

  • Jonáš Syrovátka Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Brno, Czech Republic


Meet the world's most dangerous man. Or is he? Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next? Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives. In this essential primer, Professor Mark Galeotti uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin’s early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the USA to his vision for the future of Russia – and the world – Galeotti draws on new Russian sources and explosive unpublished accounts to give unparalleled insight into the man at the heart of global politics.

Author Biography

Jonáš Syrovátka, Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Brno, Czech Republic

Jonáš Syrovátka is a PhD student of political science at Masaryk University in Brno researching the development of the Russian political system and its history. He also works as a Program Manager at the think-tank Prague Security Studies Institute, focusing on disinformation and strategic communications.

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