06/04/2015 11:06 am ET | Updated Jun 04, 2015

Author Ben Mezrich Describes The Fascinating History Of How Putin Came To Power

Vladimir Putin has been an unyielding leader in Russia for the past 15 years as both a president and prime minister, but you may be surprised to hear how he rose to such power. In the video above, Once Upon A Time In Russia author Ben Mezrich walks HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski through Putin's unexpected rise.

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