Russia’s coming post-Putin power struggle


Succession is sometimes said to be the Achilles’ heel of autocracies, especially personalist ones, notes Syracuse University professor Brian D. Taylor, the author of The Code of Putinism. And a nontrivial share of them—56 percent experience regime change within five years of a ruler’s death.

Even if Putin’s regime ultimately survives intact, Russia could be in for a chaotic and even violent period of transition, he writes for Foreign Affairs.

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