April 27, 2012

In Russia, It's Putin or the Deluge

Nikolas Gvosdev, World Politics Review

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Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated to serve a third term as Russia's president next month. The pomp and circumstance of the Kremlin ceremonies, however, won't be able to hide the fact that, far from being a triumphal restoration of his rightful role, Putin's return to the presidency is in fact a tacit admission of failure. Putin and his associates have not yet succeeded in achieving the truest mark of success for any political regime: the ability to pass the system intact to a next generation of leadership.

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