Spring 2017

The Next Mr. Putin? The Question of Succession

Author
Fiona Hill
Abstract
Vladimir Putin, the person and the president, is the wild card in Russian politics, and his eventual departure could be utterly destabilizing. Russia’s main problem is thus determining who or what replaces Putin as the fulcrum of the state system in the decade ahead. Fiona Hill considers potential successors, and answers the question of whether “Putin’s Russia” – a hyperpersonalized presidency supported by informal elite networks – can transform into a depersonalized system rooted in formal institutions with clear, predictable mechanisms to mitigate the risks of a wrenching presidential succession.
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