Prospects for Russia and Putin 4.0
WARSAW - With a spring in his step and cool vigor that whips up domestic support, Russia’s President-elect Vladimir Putin prepares to march into the Kremlin’s St. Andrew Hall and be sworn in for his fourth term of office. Putin will need that energy and more in confronting the many political, economic, and social challenges that the ineffective regime is ill equipped to handle.
Over the past two decades, Russia has been transformed into a hybrid system that mixes an authoritarian structure with a free-market economy and great-power narrative. Putin secured a comfortable win in the March elections partly due to the anxiety running throughout society. Russians fear uncertainty, and for them, the leader at the helm of power for nearly 20 years is a familiar reference point on the political landscape.