: Delfi: Is the West misreading Vladimir Putin?

14:09 Jun. 6, 2016

Delfi: Is the West misreading Vladimir Putin?

Russian President Vladimir Putin puts a candle in a hospital church while visiting the Dima Rogachev Children's Haematology Center in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (AP Photo)

Putin's Russia is a one-man show, American Fiona Hill says   

Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the United States and Europe Fiona Hill sets the record straight in a new article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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Putin, Wizard of Oz "Putin's Russia is a one-man show," Hill argues, even though the state appears to be managed by a cadre of his associates. It's not clear whether he listens to their advice—all that's clear is that he calls the shots. This kind of hyper-centralized, unchecked rule buttressed by a rubber-stamp parliament has deep roots in Russian political culture, according to Hill, going back to the Soviet system (and czarist Russia before that). Full story 

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