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Putin's biggest fear
July-September 2017
By: Stratfor

Valid or not, the Kremlin still deeply fears an uprising backed by the West, similar to what happened in neighboring Ukraine in 2014. Due to that external pressure and its own internal divisions, Russia’s current government has been evolving to become more autocratic, and the Kremlin has the tools to continue cracking down on anti-system movements. However, such heavy-handedness will feed into greater dissent in the longer run and Navalny’s movement will continue to grow.

This essay was first published by Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing agreement.

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