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Putin, now and forever

Vladimir Putin has lasted twenty years and counting in the Kremlin by following the tried-and-tested rules of Russian politics: convincing his elites that life with him is better than any alternative existence without him, mobilizing the…

Vladimir Putin and his legacy project

Now that Vladimir Putin has won his fourth presidential mandate to little surprise, two dates will determine the long-time leader’s intentions for the near future of Russia and for Putin’s personal legacy. The first is May 21 of this year,…