Putinfinity – the future of Russian democracy?



Vladimir Putin may have signaled that this term as Russia’s president will be his last, but few were in any doubt about the true meaning of last week’s sweeping government reforms: he will not be going anywhere fast. The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent explains.

The bottom line: Putin’s plan to tweak Russia’s constitution underscores his political dominance, adds CFR Expert and former National Endowment for Democracy (NED) board member Stephen Sestanovich. But it also introduces new tensions within the system that are likely to challenge the power and interests not only of other actors, but his own as well, he writes. 

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