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.

These papers are part of the project Inter­na­tional Expert Network Russia, which is supported by the German Foreign Ministry. The views expressed are the authors’ own.

For German versions, go to Russland verstehen!

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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