Opinion: Crisis reveals serious cracks in Putin's empire

CNN Online publishes an article by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation, arguing that the Ukraine crisis is revealing serious cracks in President Vladimir Putin's empire. The article notes that Russian stagnation now threatens to turn into a double-dip recession. Growth forecasts are being downgraded as a result of the crisis over Ukraine. The article concludes that unless Mr Putin can find new sources of growth and dynamism at time when he is closing down Russian society and cutting it off from the outside world, it is likely to be this second version of history that sticks.

Friday, April 11, 2014