Putin: Leader for Life? [S3, E3]
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Vladimir Putin has been in charge at the Kremlin, one way or another, for the last 20 years. As speculation grew over who would take over after his presidential term ends in 2024, Putin surprised Russians and the world by introducing a constitutional proposal that could lay the groundwork for staying in power for life. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev resigned and was promptly replaced. How has Putin managed to hold onto power amid a faltering economy and growing pro-democracy opposition – and what is his next move? Andrew Weiss joins Altamar to help explain Putin’s legacy and future. Weiss leads the Russia practice at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, he was director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Russia and Eurasia and served as director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff. He is a prolific writer and commentator on Russian politics.



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