FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 1 (2012)   

The sun is setting on Putin’s system:
Vladimir Putin will win the Presidential elections in March, but the legitimacy of his rule is crumbling

Published 12.1.2012

Arkady Moshes
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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The events of December 2011 have transformed Russia. The massive protests against the fraudulent parliamentary elections demonstrated that the pattern of passivity and acquiescence towards the system of “managed democracy” was eroding and that the threshold of fear had been overcome.