World in View: Putin after Putin?

January 21, 2020

From the January-February 2020 issue of News & Letters

by Gerry Emmet

The Jan. 15 resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the Russian Cabinet signaled President Vladimir Putin’s plan to retain power after his final term in office ends in 2024.

Putin presented his plan in a televised speech. It includes a weakening of the presidency and, allegedly, a strengthening of the role of the parliament in choosing the prime minister and cabinet.

But Putin is actually laying the groundwork for his own continued hold on state power much as the strongman of neighboring Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has done by resigning from the presidency he held for 28 years to appoint himself Chairman of the Security Council.

It will be a less formal version of Xi Jinping appointing himself China’s president for life.

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