UPDATED PODCAST: How Stable is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Hold on Power?

Selwyn Manning and Paul G Buchanan deliver this week's episode of A View from Afar and poe the question: How stable is Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin's hold on power?

PODCAST: In this the second episode of A View from Afar podcast for 2023, political scientist Dr Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning will analyse the question:

  • How stable is Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s regime?

PAUL AND SELWYN look at this question from a number of angles, and, reveal shifts within the regime’s control and structure that may surprise many in the West.

In this episode Paul deep dives into the dynamics between the mercenary Wagner Group’s commander Yevgeny Prigozhin, his relationship with Putin, the Kremlin, and the estrangement from Russia’s military generals and Putin appointees.

Paul and Selwyn consider: What is going on here? What is Prigozhin’s end-game? Does he have the support of Putin? Or is that support conditional on successes on the Ukraine conflict frontline?

And Selwyn digs into the pillars of power in the Russian Federation, in particular:

  • Putin as the head of Russia’s personalised autocracy
  • The Putin-era Oligarchs
  • Russia’s State military
  • And the rise of Private armies and militia.

Then Paul take us, contextually and comparatively, through all of this complexity so we can more accurately assess the big question: How stable is Putin’s regime?

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  1. For those of you interested, here is a link to John Mearsheimer’s recent speech in which he makes predictions for the future in Ukraine. The introduction and Mearsheimer starts talking at 6:30.

    The speech is well worth listening to.

    In summary, he sees no prospect for peace.


  2. ‘The Regime’ – says it all. Take it from somebody who’s little pinky alone knows more than you guys….the so-called regime has never been stronger, ditto its leader. And this is from someone who didn’t give a rats about this shite just a couple of years ago

  3. Stopped listening after the US ASSet Buchanan started waffling about Wagner being a threat to Putin because of social medisa posts.
    What, is Wagner going to get Putin cancelled in the middle of their existential fight against the covetous West, which they have been trying to prevent for 20 years – by social media posts?
    Buchanan has never read the horror and illegality of US or any Western actions right, why would he suddenlty start being right about “the enemy” now.

    To understand anything you have to LISTEN to the OTHER SIDE. Western diplomacy has not for 3 decades, as the necons took over the entire establishment. Glasnost and perestroika were the most successful regime change operation in history. And that has been sandbagged ever since, because it was too successful. Because it doesn’t let US guns and money (almost did) take over and cut up countries and resources however they want. End of.

    Get some decent thinkers, hint: you won’t find any in NZ in tenure. Doublerightgood think allowed only.

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