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Russia enters 2017 with a sense of vague disquiet. With presidential
elections a year away, not everyone is sure the “main candidate” will be
Vladimir Putin. Concern is palpable inside the government and the security apparatus,
as interest groups jockey for position.
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
Russia's carefully managed parliamentary elections raised scarcely a ripple of popular interest. And that was precisely what the Kremlin wanted. Now that the political system has passed a key stress test, Vladimir Putin can make whatever changes he likes.
The outlook for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since President Vladimir Putin took power 16 years ago. Mr. Putin has ruthlessly ratcheted up the stakes in his drive to ensure that Russia is once again recognized as a great power with a voice in global affairs that cannot be ignored. The coming 12 to 18 months will be decisi...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Vladimir Putin has reduced Russia’s previously active opposition to sullen defiance, but many observers believe the country is entering a period of stagnation under the former ‘macho man’, now 60 years old. If he becomes a ‘lame duck’ president and hangs on to office until 2018, the outlook for Russia’s economy is bleak.
The Russian regime has adopted a four-prong strategy against the so-called ‘Snow Revolution’ protesters. It has clamped down on demonstrations, restricted donations from abroad, targeted opposition leaders and tried to control the internet. Vladimir Putin is living up to the promise he made the day after he was elected president for the third time.
The liberal voice of Russia is making itself heard – loudly on the streets of major cities and on the internet. Its call is for honest elections and accountability in government. But with the presidential elections on Sunday, March 4, providing an opportunity for the nation to turn its back on the main contender Vladimir Putin – is Russia’s middle class liberal voi...