Nobody Knows if Russia Can Survive After Putin

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Vladimir Frolov, President of LEFF Group, writing that the Russian political system has been reset to the more traditional operating mode of one-man rule. The article notes that all alternative centres of power, particularly those surrounding Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, have been eliminated. The discussion of the country's future after President Vladimir Putin is an uncomfortable taboo. This is imprudent since his total domination of Russian politics and a deliberate elimination of alternatives turn into a major political risk and a source of instability. Although today Mr Putin would win re-election, the shifts in the public mood suggest he may face trouble at the polls in 2018.

Monday, May 27, 2013