Putin’s rise to power

Russia had a hit song about Putin

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria examines the rise, reign, and aims of Vladimir Putin: Watch CNN’s “The Most Powerful Man in the World” Tuesday, March 14, at 0100GMT/0200 CET.

(CNN)You’ve heard the allegations. And, if the US spy community is right, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the world’s most powerful person is Vladimir Putin.

Did he alter the 2016 US presidential election through devious hacking? This month, the House Intelligence Committee will begin investigating if those allegations — which the Kremlin steadfastly denies — are true.
No one is suggesting that hackers manipulated votes or ballots: It’s a lot more complicated than that. The question is whether the Russian government hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer system during the 2016 election and accessed sensitive documents, releasing them through WikiLeaks to smear the Democratic Party and its candidate, Hillary Clinton.

In October, the US intelligence community concluded that Putin personally ordered the hacks as part of a campaign to influence the election, most likely “because (Putin) holds a grudge” against Clinton.

Putin has repeatedly denied it.

So what would motivate the leader or Russia to want to help elect Donald Trump to the US presidency? Experts say it was less about his support of Trump, but more about deep-rooted animosity toward Clinton.

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