14:09 Jun. 6, 2016
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.
Putin oversees a vast nuclear weapons arsenal—so for the sake of international security, it's important to know who he is, how he thinks, and why. And Western leaders, for their part, will need to learn how to talk with him.
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