Russia and President Putin: Wild Theories

In the two years since Vladimir Putin first assumed real political power the inner circles of the Kremlin have become less accessible to westerners. Despite growing exposure to international summitry, the President has yet to develop his own world view. But the theories put forward by those around him are alarming indeed.

The World Today Published 1 July 2001 Updated 26 October 2020 6 minute READ

Margot Light

London School of Economics and Political Science

Stephen White

Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow

Few leaders have been elected to power on a scantier political platform than President Vladimir Putin. He published a vacuous ‘open letter’ to Russian voters, and three journalists turned a series of interviews with him into a campaign biography. But he issued no political manifesto and disdained the vulgarity of an election campaign.

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