Return of the Czar
Cast & Crew
Almost a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is arguably more free than at any time in its history. But while the West has applauded the market reforms of former President Boris Yeltsin, in Russia there has been collapse. Today, as the country is being militarized, anti-Western propaganda is increasing. In pushing its ideas of reform, did the United States turn a blind eye to Kremlin crime and compromise the moral authority America cultivated throughout the Cold War? As career KGB officer Vladimir Putin -- Yeltsin's anointed successor -- is poised to ascend to Russia's presidency, "Frontline" takes an in-depth look at what Russia has become and why.