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Putin is slipping

The Kremlin’s long-standing resident is heading for trouble

By James Sherr   October 2012

Photo: World Economic Forum

Photo: World Economic Forum

Vladimir Putin’s return to a third presidential term—de facto his fourth—says more about Russia than it does about him. Whether or not he has been good for Russia, he has understood it. When he ceases to understand it, he will be on borrowed time. Perhaps that time has begun.

Western views of Putin often say more about the west than about him. These views have changed. When Putin first came to power in 2000, what many saw behind the KGB façade was an economic reformer, and…

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