Sabine Fisher Vladimir Putin's Russia's Power and Control | Monday, May 16, 2022:
Sabine Fischer on power and control in Vladimir Putin’s Russia
The political scientist says a Russian regime that was once authoritarian is now dictatorial
WE DO NOT know how Russia’s war against Ukraine is going to end. Ukraine may inflict more damage on Russia’s army and ultimately force Moscow to accept it as an independent state. Or the Russian offensive may progress to a point where Moscow can impose humiliating ceasefire conditions upon Kyiv. Both sides may end up in a fragile military stalemate.
Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear. As long as Vladimir Putin is in power, the Russian regime will remain hostile towards Ukraine. Moscow will continue to antagonise the West and to pursue the idea of a Europe divided into zones of influence. To change this would require a redefinition of Russia’s “national interests”, along with a reorganisation of political priorities to put the wellbeing of Russia’s economy and society ahead of the narrowly defined security interests of its ruling elite. In other words, only domestic political change could profoundly alter Russia’s foreign policy.