Russia After Putin – Scenarios of Change
What future for Russia should we strive for? Our authors Vladimir Milov and Maria Domanska strongly argue that the West must not fear a collapse of the regime. Positive change in Russia is possible and the country is not doomed to remain an imperial dictatorship forever.
The West must give up illusions about peaceful coexistence with the Putin regime. While we cannot implement regime change inside Russia, there is a lot we can and should do to shape the future of Russia. This includes a policy of sticks and carrots – because Putin is not surrounded by fundamentalist ideologues but by opportunists and technocrats. The West should also work closely with the exiled opposition which can become an agent of change in the future. But the first prerequisite for a new beginning is a definitive Russian defeat in Ukraine. This was the essence of an online discussion of the two policy papers on 15 February.
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