Alexander Baunov

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President Vladimir Putin poses with cadets after a ceremony in Moscow's Red Square. Credit Alexander Nemenov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, analysis of Russia, both inside and outside the country, has largely focused on two interpretations of his regime. The first argues that Russia is a mafia state in which the main aim of the ruling elite is to steal money at home to conceal and spend abroad. The second states that Mr. Putin is a hostage of his own popularity and that whatever is done in or by Russia is done for the sake of his approval rating.

These theories provide a convenient framework for making sense of Russia; they are also tinged with moralism.…  Seguir leyendo »