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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
PUTIN, RUSSIA AND THE WEST television documentary archive
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
approximately 1,500 pdf text files (totalling 1.28 GB), and 99 DVDs


Name of creator(s)

Brook Lapping

Administrative / Biographical history

PUTIN, RUSSIA AND THE WEST is a four part television documentary series on Vladimir Putin and Russia’s relationships with the West and with former Soviet states, 2001-2011, produced by Brook Lapping, a London based television production company, for the BBC in association with National Geographic Channel US, France Télévisions, MDR and others.  It was first broadcast in the UK 19 Jan – 9 Feb 2012.  Executive Producer was Brian Lapping, Series Producer Norma Percy, and Series Director Paul Mitchell.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The collection was placed in the Centre as a selection of digital files, 2012.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection includes: DVDs of the series as broadcast on BBC2, Jan-Feb 2012: Part 1, Taking control; Part 2, Democracy threatens; Part 3, War; Part 4, New start; transcripts of interviews conducted (chiefly in 2011) with interviewees from France, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, UK, Ukraine and USA; DVDs of original interviews; final scripts; background information gathered in the course of research.  Topics covered include: Russian-American diplomatic relations, 2001-2011; the personal relationship between President Vladimir Putin and President George W Bush, 2001-2009; Russian involvement in Ukrainian politics, 2004; the Orange Revolution, Ukraine, 2004-2005; the Russo-Georgian War (South Ossetia War, Five Day War), Aug 2008; the personal relationship between President Barak Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, 2009-2011; the relationship between President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 2008-2011.

Interview transcripts are arranged by the country where the interview was conducted:
France: Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, French Ambassador to the UK, 2007-2011; Jean-David Levitte, French Ambassador to the United Nations, 2000-2002; French Ambassador to the USA, 2002-2007; diplomatic advisor to President Nicolas Sarkozy, 2007-2012.

Georgia: David Bakradze, Chairman, Parliament of Georgia, 2008-;
Giga Bokeria, Member of Georgian Parliament, 2004-; Deputy Foreign Minister, 2008-2010; Secretary of the National Security Council, 2010-; Nino Burjanadze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, 2001-2008; Batu Kutelia, Head of Foreign Intelligence, 2006-2008; Georgian Ambassador to the USA, Canada and Mexico, 2008-2011; Deputy National Security Advisor, 2011-; Mikheil Saakashvili, Minister for Justice, 2000-2001; President of Georgia, 2004-2007 and 2008-; Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili, Deputy Prime Minister, 2010-.

Germany: Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany, 1998-2005; Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Vice Chancellor of Germany, 2007-2009.

Israel: Leonid Nevzlin, executive, Yukos Oil Company, Russia, 1996-2003; senator for Mordovia, Federation Council of Russia, 2001-2003; resident in Israel, 2003-.

Poland: Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland, 1995-2005; Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister of National Defence, 2005-2007; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2007-.

Russia: Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Chair of human rights non-governmental organisation Moscow Helsinki Group, 1996-; member of human rights advisory commission to President Vladimir Putin, 2000; Anatoly Antonov, Director of Security and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2004-2011; Deputy Minister of Defence, 2011-; Boris Chochiev, acting Prime Minister of South Ossetia, 2008; Arkady Dvorkovich, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, 2008-2012; Deputy Prime Minister, 2012-; German Gref, Minister of Economics and Trade, 2000-2007; President of Sberbank, 2007-; Igor Ivanov, Foreign Minister, 1998-2004; Secretary of the Security Council, 2004-2007; Sergei Ivanov, National security advisor, 1999-2001; Minister of Defence, 2001-2007; Deputy Prime Minister, 2005-2011; Chief of Staff, Presidential Administration of Russia, 2011-; Grigory Karasin, Russian Ambassador to the UK, 2000-2005; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2005-; Mikhail Kasyanov, Prime Minister of Russia, 2000-2004; leader, People’s Democratic Union party, 2004-; Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Chairman of Yukos Oil Company, 1997-2003; tried and imprisoned for fraud, 2003; Viktor Khristenko, First Deputy Prime Minister, 1999-2000; Minister of Industry, 2004-2012; Yevgeniy Kiselev (Yevgeny Kiselyov), presenter of weekly news show Itogi, 1993-2001; Eduard Kokoity, President of South Ossetia, 2001-2011; Alexei Kudrin, Minister of Finance, 2000-2011; Maj Gen Marat Kulakhmetov, Commander, Combined Peacekeeping Forces, South Ossetia, 2007-; Sergei Lavrov, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), 1994-2004; Foreign Minister, 2004-; Sergei Markov, advisor to the Russian Duma, 2000-; member of the ‘Commission to counter attempts to harm Russian interests by falsifying history’, 2009-2012; Vladimir Milov, Deputy Minister of Energy, 2002; Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief, Novay Gazeta newspaper; Gleb Pavlovsky, political analyst, advisor to the Presidential Administration of Russia, 2000-; Sergei Prikhodko, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration, 1998-2004; Aide to the President, 2004-; Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Chief of Mission, Russian Embassy, USA, 2002-2005; Head of Department of European Co-operation, 2005-2008; Deputy Foreign Minister, 2008-; Viktor Shenderovich, satirist.

UK: Tony Brenton, British Ambassador to Russia, 2004-2008; Alexander Litvinenko, Former Federal Security Service (FSB) officer, resident in UK, 2000-2006; poisoned, 2006 (interviewed c 2000); David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2007-2010; Jonathan Powell, Downing Street Chief of Staff, 1997-2007; George Robertson, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1999-2004; Alexander Temerko, Vice President, Yukos Oil Company, Russia, 2003-2005; resident in UK, 2005-.

Ukraine: Leonid Kuchma, President of Ukraine, 1994-2005; Hryhoriy Nemyria, Foreign Policy advisor, 2005; Vice Prime Minister for European and International Integration, 2007-2010; Oleh Rybachuk, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, 2005; Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine 2005-2010.

USA: Bill Burns, US Ambassador to Russia, 2005-2008; Nick Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, 2005-2008; Eric Edelman, Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, 2001-2003; US Ambassador to Turkey, 2003-2005; Daniel Fata, Policy Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Republican Party Committee, 2001-2005; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, 2005-2008; Daniel Fried, Special Assistant to the President, 2001-2005; Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, 2005-2009; Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, 2006-2011; Rose Gottemoeller, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center, 2006-2008; Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, 2009-; Stephen Hadley, Deputy National Security Advisor, 2001-2005; National Security Advisor, 2005-2009; John Herbst, US Ambassador to Uzbekistan, 2000-2003; US Ambassador to Ukraine, 2003-2006; Andrei Illarionov, economic advisor to the Russian President, 2000-2005; Senior Researcher, Cato Institute, USA, 2006-; Gen James Jones, National Security Advisor, 2009-2010; Michael McFaul, Senior Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council, 2008-2011; US Ambassador to Russia, 2011-; Colin Powell, Secretary of State, 2001-2005; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor, 2001-2005; Secretary of State, 2005-2009; Stephen Sestanovich, Secretary of State’s special advisor on New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, 1997-2001; Professor of International Diplomacy, Columbia University, 2001-; Damon Wilson, Deputy Director, Private Office of the NATO Secretary General, 2001-2004; Director of Central, Eastern and North European Affairs, National Security Council, 2004-2006; Temuri Yakobashvili, Minister for Reintegration, Georgia, 2008-2010; Georgian Ambassador to the USA, 2010-.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection is open, subject to signature of a Reader Undertaking form and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction

Please note that the LHCMA cannot provide copies of the original documentary series.  copies of the transcripts and research material may be supplied for research use only.  Requests to publish original material should be submitted in the first instance to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Head of Archives Services.

Language/scripts of material
English, Georgian, Polish, Russian and Ukranian.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Access copies of the digital files are in Adobe Acrobat Document, and are available for consultation in the King’s Archives Reading Room.

Finding aids

This summary guide.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
The original Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 document files supplied by the depositor are held in by LHCMA as preservation copies.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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