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Russia in 2002-2004: a New Agenda for the Country and President

  • ID: 12079
  • April 2002
  • Region: Russia
  • 50 pages
  • National Energy Security Fund
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During the last two years Putin has managed to meet the main challenges he was faced with when he came into power. The threat of separatism has been surmounted, the political system has been stabilized, Russia’s relationship with the Western countries has been improved, a number of laws promoting further economic reforms has been passed etc. Nonetheless, the instruments Putin resorted to for stabilizing the political situation have turned out to be inappropriate for continuing the reforms.
The level of obvious problems and no less obvious decisions is left behind. Promotion of the reforms is running into heavy opposition from the elites who vindicate their own view of transformations as well as into the reluctance of the “silent majority” to expose themselves to the risk of just another “shock therapy”. The struggle of the elite groups for Putin is getting sharper, each of them is trying to impose its own model of Russia’s development upon the President. However, none of the models can be regarded as satisfying.

The Russian elite is confronted with new challenges, and the problems of foreign policy are especially significant among them. READ MORE >

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