Putin is no Stalin. He’s a latter-day Brezhnev

In a column in The Times diplomatic editor Roger Boyes says that from his mystery illness to his crackdown on dissent, President Vladimir Putin has passed the tipping point into decline. A crackdown on the opposition, the scratching away of individual liberties, even the suspicion that Russia is involved in mysterious deaths in the Home Counties: all this has led critics of Vladimir Putin to compare his methods with those of Josef Stalin. They are wrong. Mr Putin, 12 years in the Kremlin and counting, is tracing a more similar trajectory to that of former Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev.

Thursday, December 6, 2012