Russia is reportedly in crisis as the government is now faced with possible radical changes that could alter the framework of the country for the years to come. More importantly, Vladimir Putin’s reign is expected to fall within the coming year. Is it the end for the Putin’s kind of Russia?
Russia’s government is now in crisis and the changes that will happen soon can mean a different shape and structure for the country. Nikolay Petrov, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government may see its downfall within the coming year. Petrov added that such fall which have serious consequences for Russia.
Furthermore, such consequences will also prompt the worst regime change including a slew of new states and institutions across the Russian Federation.
Nonetheless, the official did say that one of the possible outcomes will be that Putin can mend the relations with the United States for the sake of the economy. Moreover, it is also possible that Putin can promote a liberal politician to a high-rank in an effort to show the United States that he is determined about the reforms.
The decision “would send a positive signal to the West. At the same time, it would go some way towards restoring the balance between liberals and siloviki [current or former members of the security establishment] in the government,” Business Insider quoted Petrov.
Petrov, who was the former chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program, noted that Russia’s current explorations with its military capacity, sidelining of political-opposition movements, collapse of Russian economy and Putin’s hold of power could lead to different outcomes.
Nonetheless, there may be a ray of hope for Russia as French lawmakers voted to lift the European Union sanctions against Russia on Thursday. The vote was at 55-44 in favor of lifting of the sanctions.
“(The sanctions are) totally ineffective today to solve this international crisis and are dangerous for France’s interests,” Reuters quoted lawmaker Thierry Mariani. The vote made was against the recommendation of the Socialist government.
“The purpose of these sanctions is to have leverage to get back to negotiations,” argued Junior Minister for Europe Harlem Desir, who had called on the National Assembly to dismiss the resolution.