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The Grim Reaper and the Whipping Boy: Why the Patrushevs Won’t Run the Kremlin

Despite his fearsome reputation as Putin’s top enforcer, Nikolai Patrushev’s and his son’s personal power base is too shallow to survive the potential death of the president. 

Russia’s controlled presidential electoral campaign started in December 2023

Besides Vladimir Putin, the “election” features a gallery of buffoonish has-beens, Leonid Slutsky (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, LDPR) and Nikolai Kharitonov (Communist Party).

Vladimir Putin is assured reelection by a wide margin in March. However, we contend that a subterranean competition in Putin’s succession game is already underway.

As we argued in our…

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