Our next three podcasts feature discussions with Lilia Shevtsova, one of the most respected political analysts in Russia and the West, and a member of the Institute’s board of directors, as she examines Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s achievements and failures at different junctures in his presidency.
The discussions are still relevant because they help us to understand Putin’s ascent to power and the motives behind his aggressive political posturing vis a vis the West.
Since May 7, 2008, Russia has had a new president in Dimitry Medvedev; however, Vladimir Putin, prohibited by the constitution from seeking a third term, has stayed on as prime minister and head of the ruling party. Putin himself, with a Kremlin full of his appointees, appears to have no intention of yielding power to his hand picked successor, diminishing hopes of normalising Russian-Western relations.
Today’s podcast, the first of the three discussions, explores the implications of Putin’s re-election in March 2004 for Russia’s internal affairs, as well as for Russian foreign policy and US-Russian Relations.
This event, which took place at Boston University on March 18, 2004, was broadcast on WBUR, New England’s largest public radio station, on March 28, 2004. We are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for You.