April 16, 2018

Putin eyes fourth term in polls as opposition cries foul

Commentary for AFP

While the result of the vote was a foregone conclusion, the next six years would be anything but predictable, said Tatyana Stanovaya, an analyst with Moscow’s Center for Political Technologies.

“No one can tell now just how emotional and radical Putin’s actions will be under increasing geopolitical pressure,” she told AFP, adding the role of the military and the security service would increase.

“The regime is inclined to become more closed and tough.”

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