'Siloviki' (Securocrats): the Russian Security Men who Surround Putin, Many of whom Served in the KGB and Have Maintained Conservative, often Conspiratorial Political Views
When Viktor Yanukovych sought to flee Ukraine as he was removed from the presidency in 2014, Vladimir Putin urgently summoned the heads of his military, security, and spy agencies for an all-night meeting on how to extract him. As they broke up at seven in the morning, he recalled, he told them: “We must start working on returning Crimea to Russia.”
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