War Inside the Kremlin

Rivalries at the top threaten to tear Russia apart

Forget this week’s elections for Russia’s rubber-stamp Parliament. The country’s real political contest, a brutal struggle for wealth and power, is elsewhere: in and around the Kremlin’s executive offices. While Vladimir Putin prepares to give up the presidency as the Constitution requires next March, when his second term expires, Russia’s ruling clans are defending their interests at any cost and using Russia’s patchwork of security services to carry out personal agendas.


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