Could Putin be ousted in a Kremlin coup?

  • 2016-08-24
  • Anders Aslund
Putin has failed to seize control of the Security Council, which could oust him for his adventurous foreign policies. On Aug. 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his longtime chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov. Ivanov was the second most important person in the Russian political hierarchy. This is a major change in the Putin government, with many implications. Putin replaced Ivanov with Anton Vaino, a former diplomat and head of Putin’s protocol office for many years. Vaino is a grandson of Estonia’s former Communist leader. Putin and I...
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