How did he rise to the top?
In 1996, Putin moved to Moscow to work in the Kremlin and was quickly promoted to be the chief administrator’s number two. Soon enough, he found another leader in need of a reliable deputy: the drunken and erratic President Boris Yeltsin, who in 1998 made him the head of the FSB, successor to the KGB. Regarded as a malleable figurehead for Yeltsin and his business allies, Putin was appointed prime minister in August 1999. He immediately made his mark, launching a brutal campaign against separatists in Chechnya after a series