Who are the people keeping Vladimir Putin in power? Much is made of the oligarchs and their billions of dollars. Their support has been vital to keeping Putin financed. But how is Putin’s influence protected? This is now down to his St Petersburg friends a collection of hard men who are now in positions of power that they own to Putin.

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