INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

February 8, 2012

Россия в иностранной прессе

PUTIN IS ALREADY DEAD. The sweeping protests that have riled Moscow signal the end of Russia's strongman, but the real gains will require millions to adopt the project of democracy and dignity

Foreign Policy

Thus the truly important question is what happens after Putinism is overthrown. It has been clear for a while that the elites are at a loss. This past July, Igor Yurgens, an advisor to President Dmitry Medvedev and the head of a think tank of which Medvedev is chairman of the board, told the leading political and economic Profil magazine that the elite — both the government and opposition — are at their wits' end. «They've lost control of the situation,» Yurgens put it. Last July, this may have been discounted as an alarmist exaggeration by a liberal politician desperately wishing for Medvedev to become an independent political figure. Today it seems quite realistic — after the moral revulsion over the results of the Dec. 4 election that followed the insult of Putin's September announcement that the «switch» with Medvedev had been preplanned four years ago (implying that the Medvedev rhetoric of «modernization» was purely for show).