Putin’s power play

An editorial in The Financial Times comments that Russia’s new government bears all the hallmarks of a country paralysed by infighting. President Vladimir Putin’s priority seems to be maintaining the balance of power between the rival political clans that surround him. His strategy of balance and rule does the country little good, and in the long run hems him in as much as it preserves his supremacy. This situation is not sustainable. The longer Putin continues his tightrope balancing act, the harder it will be to pick any course of action without falling down.

Thursday, May 24, 2012