Episode 72: Putin Forever? Analysing the Russian Elections

With Vladimir Putin claiming yet another victory in Russia’s recent national elections, we examine his tenure and what the future has in store.

While Putin’s election victory was always a certainty, such political exercises involving mass engagement efforts are complex and potentially risky operations for authoritarian leaders.

At the age of 71, and with a hold on power now lasting until at least 2030, how is Putin trying to justify his continued leadership? And how can a successor emerge in this stifling political environment? In this episode, host Neil Melvin asks Professor David Lewis from the University of Exeter to answer these questions.

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Dr Neil Melvin

Director, International Security

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