Monday, February 17, 2020
The Russian leader's strategy for self-preservation, transition and economic success.
President Vladimir Putin's plan for constitutional change gives him time to decide which of several options to choose ahead of 2024. Whether that time will provide him with favourable conditions for a transition from formal to informal leadership, or simply creates new uncertainties, will depend on the policy choices made over the next year. Putin has offered new childcare benefits to make his core electorate less unhappy, as opinion polls suggest Russians' faith in him is falling.