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The Shield and the Sword

Mike Walker's epic chronicle of the Russian Tsars concludes with the story of Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost 18 years.

By Mike Walker

Mike Walker's ambitious chronicle of the Russian Tsars concludes with a drama that surveys the reign of Vladimir Putin.

As with Putin's beloved espionage serial The Shield and the Sword, at the heart of this story stands a spy who lives a hundred lives to protect one life: his true identity.

Weaving together many interconnected stories, some true and others fictional, the drama goes in search of the true identity of the enigmatic Russian President, whose leadership has lasted almost 18 years. We tell stories from Putin's childhood, the early days in the KGB, his relationship with outgoing President Yeltsin, the battle with the oligarchs, the fallout from the Kursk tragedy, as well as the accusations of corruption and authoritarian repression.

Does each new story shed further light on the mystery, or leads us further into the labyrinth?

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Nov 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
VV Nicholas Murchie
Narrator Hattie Morahan
Yeltsin Peter Wight
Young VV Finn Monteath
Khodorkovsky Rupert Holliday Evans
Reporter Isabella Inchbald
Teacher Ellie Darvill
Advisor Charlie Clements
Auctioneer Philip Bretherton
KGB General Neil McCaul
KGB Officer Gary Duncan
Official Adam Fitzgerald
Judo Master Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Medvedev David Reakes
Writer Mike Walker


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