How did he rise to the top?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

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

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