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Vladimir Putin, after eight years as president of Russia and four more as prime minister, is stubbornly holding onto power. He has announced his intention to return as president and declared his party the winner in parliamentary elections that are widely seen as fraudulent. In Moscow 100,000 protesters have taken to the streets in the largest demonstrations since Putin took office.

Putin began his career as a KGB spy but when he became president, he made himself a valued ally of the West. How did he do it? And what made Washington and London turn against him?

This four-part series is made by Norma Percy and the team at Brook Lapping with a track record for getting behind closed doors with multi-award-winning series like The Death of Yugoslavia, The Second Russian Revolution, and Iran and the West. For the first time Putin's top colleagues - and the Western statesmen who eventually clashed with him - tell the inside story of one of the world's most powerful men.

Part 3: War
The third episode tells how, in August 2008, Russia went to war with America's ally, Georgia. Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev and Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili reveal why each decided it was necessary to make war on the other.

Former American secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former secretary of defense Robert Gates describe what happened inside the National Security Council as President Bush considered whether to send in ground troops to save Georgia's capital. They reveal just how near to war the conflict brought the two nuclear super-powers.

Technical Specs:
Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
Video Bitrate: CRF 22 (~1400 Kbps)
Video Resolution: 1024x576
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25
Audio Codec: HE-AAC
Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
Audio Channels: 2
Run-Time: 59 mins
Framerate: 25 FPS
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 708 MB (average)
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: JungleBoy@mvgroup.org