The New Russian Authoritarianism

Only a few hours after being inaugurated as Russia’s president, Dmitri Medvedev nominated Vladimir Putin to be prime minister.

News reports suggest that the number of deputy prime ministers will be increased, a move that would surely strengthen Putin’s already powerful hand.

In a keynote lecture at the “Russia at the Crossroads” conference at the University of Illinois on March 27, 2008, Leon Aron argues that the ideology, priorities, and policies of the Putin Kremlin “are almost certain to inform and guide the Medvedev administration.” His chilling portrait describes the distinctive elements of “Russia, Inc.”

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