Putin is staying—but he is likely to take the initiative to shape both Russia’s domestic politics and its international position to his liking.
- Nikolas K. Gvosdev
- The National Interest
No one should have been surprised by the results of Sunday’s presidential election in Russia.
Official figures maintain that nearly 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, with incumbent Vladimir Putin cruising to an easy victory with more than three-quarters of the votes.
Even assuming that the figures were massaged—note the inflated voter participation counts and tallies for Putin, especially in the republics of the north Caucasus, where totals approached Soviet-era levels—what…