The Crises That Could Bring Down Putin

Aug. 22, 2016 Putin has been making moves to shore up his position in the face of a weak economy.

Originally produced on Aug. 15, 2016 for Mauldin Economics, LLC

George Friedman

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin did three very interesting things. First, he fired his long-time aide and chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, and moved him to a lower position. A few weeks earlier, Putin fired at least three regional governors and replaced them with his personal bodyguards. Removing that many governors is a bit odd. Replacing them with his bodyguards is very odd. Then removing someone as close to him as Ivanov is extremely odd.

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