Putin has publicly disclosed few and humble assets. However, leaked data and whistleblowing show that he may actually be very rich.
Vladimir Putin articles on Democracy Chronicles
Vladimir Putin is the dictator of Russia and one of most powerful dictators in the world second only to the leadership of China. Putin's anti-democracy policy is being actively spread around the world thanks to revenue from Russia's oil and gas monopolies. Also see our articles on Russia.
Famed investor Bill Browder believes Putin and oligarchs have stolen a trillion USD from the Russia people since the Soviet Union collapsed.
This totally mad and needless war, which Russia started on a large scale, has a long story behind it. This post will provide the historical context.
The risks of miscalculation are compounded, psychology research has shown, by the fact that power literally goes to your head, expert.
Through a variety of information channels, Beijing is framing the conflict on Putin’s terms, promoting pro-Kremlin narratives.
Was the war in Ukraine inevitable? What is Vladimir Putin trying to achieve? What does the conflict say about Ukraine as a democracy?
Putin is a 21st-century tyrant, populist and nationalist, and a practitioner of 21st-century identity politics, whereas Stalin was a Marxist.
Russian authorities are arresting and detaining people protesting against the war in Ukraine. Up to 13000 have been arrested recently.
Donetsk and Luhansk are the latest in a number of “fake states” in the former USSR. Putin has a rolodex full of them because he made them.
The democratic recession is so severe that autocrats now openly stage coups, steal elections, and invade other countries.