The Russia puzzle

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The roots and the future of Putin’s political system

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next six years in office – and whether or not he leaves the political scene in 2024 at the end of the next term – will rely on things that are out of his control: the price of oil, which largely determines the performance of the Russian economy, and the traditional structure of Russian politics, dubbed in recent years the “power vertical”...

Come l’economia russa resiste alla prova del mercato

“Voi capirete chi siete soltanto quando vedrete gli altri, la natura russa è troppo elastica per spezzarsi sotto l’influsso dell’Occidente”...

Why Putin’s foreign policy adventures will backfire

Over the past six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been reluctant to deal extensively and regularly with internal issues, but has been keenly interested in foreign policy affairs. It has been easy for Putin to achieve victories abroad. He built a top-down system in Russia, where everything is now centered on his figure...