A 1986 Russian Novel Predicted the Rise of the KGB’s Putin

From a Washington Post story by George Bass headlined “A 1986 dystopian Russian novel basically predicted Vladimir Putin”:

In 1986, near the end of the Soviet Union, a Russian satirical novelist tried to imagine the future of his homeland. He envisioned a head of state who had risen through the ranks of the KGB, used a war to cement his power, elevated his former security colleagues into positions of influence, claimed to derive authority from the Russian Orthodox Church and ruled Russia for decades.

In other words, he predicted Vladimir Putin.