Channel 4's Putin documentary will "reveal the man behind the Bond-villain image"

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Rogan Productions is behind a new three-part Channel 4 documentary profiling Vladimir Putin as he marks 20 years in power.

Putin: A Russian Spy Story will track and dissect the conflict between Putin and his many enemies, hearing the stories of those who have opposed him.

Among those interviewed will be Russian politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, who suffered two near-fatal poisonings in Moscow, Marina Litvinenko, wife of the poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, and in her first ever TV interview, Tatyana Yumasheva, daughter of former President Boris Yeltsin.

It will reveal the story of the "the man behind the Bond-villain image", and will feature an "extraordinary" range of archive footage.

Speaking on the programme, Kara-Murza says: "Vladimir Putin’s background is the Soviet KGB, one of the most repressive organisations in the history of humanity. He’s doing what he was taught to do. Manipulate, lie, recruit, repress.”

Series Director for Rogan is Nick Green, with Paul Mitchell as Series Producer and James Rogan Executive Producer.

Putin: A Russian Spy Story, which was filmed across Russia, America, Europe and the UK, starts at 9pm on Channel 4 on Monday 23rd March.