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Leonid Bershidsky

Russia After Vladimir Putin

The country's future might not be so dull as its present, according to the Free Russia Foundation.

Going somewhere?

Going somewhere?

Photographer: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images.

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has, outwardly at least, been one of the world’s most stable and predictable regimes — an assertive authoritarian government propped up by a mix of repression and acquiescence at home.

So it’s only natural that some of the country’s leading analytical minds are looking to life after Putin is scheduled to depart in 2024: The present is too depressing to discuss.