Predictions of Putin’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Source: Foreign Policy
by Mark Lawrence Schrad

“There is a growing cottage industry among Russia watchers and international relations experts focused on the political demise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s an understandable wish — but one that so far is rooted more in optimism about karmic justice than in reality. Virtually every Kremlin setback gets framed as ‘the beginning of the end of Putin’ and his regime. The Russian Armed Forces’ recent disorganized retreat and ‘regrouping’ in the face of a dramatic Ukrainian offensive have unleashed yet another wave of premature speculation about Putin’s impending doom, unbalanced by any consideration of the sources of his political resilience and stability, which have kept him in power through one political crisis after another.” (09/13/22)