For months, reports of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have dominated the headlines. Tonight, FRONTLINE goes behind those headlines to bring you the inside story of Putin’s Revenge.
FRONTLINE’s new two-part documentary from Michael Kirk and his team, premiering tonight and Nov. 1, is a deep and probing look at how Vladimir Putin came to see the U.S. as an enemy, and how U.S. intelligence came to believe he targeted the 2016 presidential election.
Tonight’s hour is a portrait of the Russian leader’s rise to power, including his mounting grievances with the U.S. and how he came to see Hillary Clinton in particular as an enemy.Then, next week’s installment delves into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the U.S. reaction under President Obama, the continuing questions for the Trump administration, and the implications for the future of American democracy.
It’s an epic story that’s the result of dozens of in-depth interviews with heads of intelligence agencies, leading diplomats, scholars, journalists, and political insiders from both Russia and the United States.
And tonight, in an unprecedented effort to make our journalism as transparent as possible, we’ll be publishing transcripts and video of more than 50 of those interviews online in tandem with our broadcast. You’ll be able to explore, search, and share this collection, which we’re calling “The Putin Files,” starting tonight at 10 p.m. EST.
With depth and clarity, Putin’s Revenge and these underlying interviews trace how Putin went from a low-ranking KGB agent to the long-serving president of a newly assertive Russia with the ability to wage cyber-war in the U.S. and across the globe.