November 1, 2012

The Contradictions of Putinomics

Eastern Approaches, Eastern Approaches

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IT HAS been a difficult year for Vladimir Putin. His decision to return to his old job as Russia’s president triggered widespread street protests in Moscow and other cities. It also led to a steep fall in his popularity, previously his most potent asset. Yet despite all the disruption he remains firmly in control, as he showed at his recent annual meeting with foreign analysts.

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