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For Putin’s 4th Term, More a Coronation Than an Inauguration

By The New York Times

In a theatrical touch, a televised ceremony began with President Vladimir V. Putin sitting at his desk in the Kremlin, suit jacket over his chair, as if hard at work until moments beforeRead full story

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  • Putin has done a good job playing a poor hand well in the last few years. But his opportunism has also gotten him into trouble (see: Crimea, Syria), with no clear way out. In a G-Zero world, he’s going to get a lot more opportunities—both to meddle in others’ affairs, and to get stuck in them. Putin’s fourth term may well be his rockiest. That’s bad news, both for Russia and the world.

  • Peter Green
    Peter GreenFounder at FoodMakers.NYC

    The fourth term will be particularly challenging for Putin. New U.S. sanctions are upsetting the oligarchs who backed him, and could have them questioning Putin's utility (of course, the question for them is who comes next). And Putin will have to deliver on the concrete economic and health improvements he is now promising the Russian people. Nationalism, slogans and adventurism only get you so far, as the Soviets learned to their chagrin. The next playground for Russia may be Central Europe, where

    The fourth term will be particularly challenging for Putin. New U.S. sanctions are upsetting the oligarchs who backed him, and could have them questioning Putin's utility (of course, the question for them is who comes next). And Putin will have to deliver on the concrete economic and health improvements he is now promising the Russian people. Nationalism, slogans and adventurism only get you so far, as the Soviets learned to their chagrin. The next playground for Russia may be Central Europe, where state-controlled natural gas giant, Gazprom, has a stranglehold on energy supplies and deeply financed links into many governments and political parties. Already Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic are talking about backing out of the European Union and Nato, and into the embrace of Russia. If there's a space to watch, it's the Central European space right now. (And possibly Georgia, again).

  • Watching Putin manipulate or bypass various laws to prevent strongman rule is undeniably impressive. The modern Russian government is structured entirely around the man.

  • Russians aren’t worried about the 4th term. It’s the 5th term that has them watching! Will the little dictator exercise his ‘influence’ on the Duma and force a change in the constitution to let him rule again OR will he take the steering wheel into the back seat and switch positions with his loyal lackey Medvědev again. It’s a nail biter!

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