Does Putin's Russia Have a Future?

As Russia's present becomes more unsettled and Vladimir Putin talks more and more about the past, Moscow intellectuals try to project the country's trajectory.

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Russia's present is too unbalanced to discuss, and President Vladimir Putin prefers to rehash the past. That increases the temptation to talk about the distant future, to fathom where the country's current trajectory is leading. Some smart commentators in Moscow have also given in to this temptation, and their scenarios are bleak.

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