Commentary: Picturing a post-Putin Russia

Commentary: Picturing a post-Putin Russia

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John Lloyd

One of the many downsides of the fateful Hopeless in Helsinki dialogue was that it made Putin, in contrast to his American interlocutor, look good – potent, coherent, in command – something the Russian media stressed with evident relish. It sent the message out to the world that here was a Russian leader, re-elected president for the fourth time, and in power for a six-year term, who is unassailable – in charge of his program, his administration and his country.

But maybe not?

…“Putinism” – in the form of a country largely hostile to the West – will prevail as any successor seeks to preserve Putin’s success in making Russia at least appear to be great again.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-putin-commentary/commentary-picturing-a-post-putin-russia-idUSKCN1L91YH


It’s not the week to say it, but Donald Trump has a point. It isn’t original and what it proposes will be hard to do, yet when he says that “getting along with Russia is a good thing,” as he did before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, he isn’t wrong…

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