The Woodrow Wilson Center, on November 15, 2018 published a video from the event “Putin’s System: Why It is Stable and Why It Will Fail Anyway”. In this event, the speakers shared their views of past events, current events, and the inevitable future Vladimir Putin has brought to the Russian Federation.
Putin’s rise to power From KGB agent to prime minister in 1999 and president since 2000 has been marred by protest though he has violently grasped power and kept it in check with terror. Here is a good description written up for the event invite:
Faced with the apparent paradox of Putin’s high level of support in the face of decreasing quality of life, many experts resort to clichés, citing the Russian citizen’s predilection for authoritarianism or apathy towards freedom. Leonid Gozman argued that this popular support has perfectly rational explanations, and how, nonetheless, the symptoms of the regime’s ultimate collapse are inherent to the system and already visible today.
The event was presented by Matthew Rojansky, the director of Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.. Other speakers included:
- Leonid Gozman: Former Short-Term Scholar and President, Union of Right Forces
- Sergey Parkhomenko: Senior Advisor and Journalist, “Echo of Moscow” Radio; Former Editor-in-Chief, Itogi, Vokrug Sveta
The event lasted about an hour and thirty minutes. Take a look!!