Putin Plans for a Russia Without Him

Lauren Goodrich   By Lauren Goodrich,Senior Eurasia Analyst – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • Though Russian President Vladimir Putin is assured an election win on March 18, his fourth term will usher in a period of deep challenges for Russia and his continued rule.
  • Putin’s pledge to maintain stability is facing economic and demographic shifts that will ripple throughout society and test compliance with Putin’s government.
  • Thinking of the longer term, the Kremlin is considering a spate of reforms and has allowed political discourse to return to Russia, though each maneuver is not without its risks.
  • Putin, his cultlike government and the Russian people are starting to consider what life in Russia will look like after he leaves the political stage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's World War II victory at Stalingrad, now called Volgograd, on Feb. 2, 2018.

(MAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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