Middle East

Failed Turkish Coup Holds Lessons for Putin

Last weekend's events in Turkey have some wondering if Putin is similarly vulnerable.

Staying power.

Photographer: Ivan Sekretarev/AFP/Getty Images

The failed coup d'etat against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was avidly watched in Russia -- not just because Erdogan and his authoritarian twin, President Vladimir Putin, have recently restored relations after the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey in November, but because many wondered if Putin himself could become the target of a coup attempt and if he could survive it.

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