Putin’s Russia: Enabler of Repression

The American Interest

by Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research


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by David J. Kramer
President


Vladimir Putin once notoriously declared that the breakup of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.” Putin got it dead wrong, of course. The real tragedy of the post-Soviet sphere is that a part of the world that endured more than 75 years of totalitarian brutality has experienced a further period of autocratic rule, highlighted by systematic injustice, rampant corruption, bogus elections, pervasive censorship, and personality cults

Putin is not solely responsible for this depressing state of affairs. But his actions have contributed mightily to the woes of his neighborhood.

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