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The seven faces of Putin

Understanding Russia's president

By Ivan Krastev  

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What is Vladimir Putin’s vision for post-Putin Russia? Could he imagine the next leader of Russia being picked in free and fair elections? Does he fear a palace coup or violent street protests?

We cannot know what is in Putin’s mind, but we are free to speculate. “Every self-respecting intelligence should have a full-time Putinologist,” Richard Laurie wrote recently, “and one reason is that President Vladimir Putin alone rules Russia. What he says goes.”

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