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Putin's political plan

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020


Editor's note

Russian politics are often not what they seem, especially to people viewing events from the perspective of the West. The country is making headlines around the world again after its prime minister,  Dmitry A. Medvedev, and the cabinet abruptly resigned earlier this week. Regina Smith explains that this is all part of Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to consolidate control and maintain his hold on power after the next parliamentary elections in 2021 and presidential polls in 2024. In a related development, Medvedev hinted that the resignations were part of a plan to facilitate proposed constitutional reforms. Graeme Gill examines constitutional changes mooted by Putin.

Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

Russian resignations

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and now-former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) in Sochi, Russia, Dec. 7, 2019. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia’s cabinet resigns and it’s all part of Putin’s plan

Regina Smyth, Indiana University

Russia's cabinet resigned Wednesday, and it looked like an unexpected move. But a Russia scholar says it is part of a plan by leader Vladimir Putin to maintain power after he leaves office.

The government in Russia has resigned, and a new Prime Minister (Mikhail Mishustin) appointed. Dmitry Astakhov/AAP

Russian government resignation: what’s just happened and what’s in store for Putin beyond 2024?

Graeme Gill, University of Sydney

Putin's proposed changes to the constitution appear to be limiting the power of the presidency. But his sights are set beyond 2024 when he'll no longer be president.

Environment + Energy

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Darren Evans, Newcastle University

The ecological costs of huge, repetitive, high-severity wildfires on ecosystems could be colossal.

Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean

Tim Birkhead, University of Sheffield

As well as a stark warning about climate change, the disaster underlines the importance of wildlife monitoring.

Science + Technology

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

Byron Reeves, Stanford University; Nilam Ram, Pennsylvania State University; Thomas N. Robinson, Stanford University

Most of us spend hours each day glued to some type of screen for work or play. But is that a bad thing? Has anyone got the data to figure it out? Now is the time for 'The Human Screenome Project.'

Meet the narwhal, ‘unicorn of the sea’

Kristin Laidre, University of Washington

The long tusk of the male narwhal earned these whales their fanciful nickname. But there's more to these Arctic mammals than their unique spiral tooth.

En español 

Los mosquitos acabaron con el sueño independentista escocés 300 años antes de Boris Johnson

Manuel Peinado Lorca, Universidad de Alcalá

La ministra principal escocesa insiste en reclamará un nuevo referéndum de independencia en 2020. Escocia perdió su independencia hace trescientos años en el Panamá español.

Dos décadas de Putin al frente de Rusia: ¿cambio de rumbo o más de lo mismo?

Eszter Wirth, Universidad Pontificia Comillas

El presidente Putin inicia su tercera década al frente de Rusia con una notable pérdida de popularidad y un PIB en descenso, pero todavía no parece dispuesto a tirar la toalla.

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