Authored by U.S. Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute
This research was completed in the fall of 2013, which was obviously prior to the recent crisis in Crimea and Ukraine.
In 1999, after Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin Prime Minister, the former Russian Secret Service (KGB) agent pledged to create a powerful state at home capable of projecting Russia’s influence abroad. He spoke favorably about democracy but soon indicated by his actions that political authority would be concentrated in his hands alone, although he surrounded himself with a medley of supporters: members of the security services and military-collectively known as the Siloviki-business tycoons, high-level government officials, and members of criminal organizations. The state’s resurrection-what became known as the Power Vertical-was made possible largely through surging gas and oil revenues and Putin’s tight hold over the reins of power. The revenues that they produced, in turn, expanded the urban middle class, and provided jobs for those working in Soviet-era enterprises and entitlements for retirees. In return, Putin enjoyed unprecedented approval in the eyes of most Russians, therefore, after serving two terms as president, he felt comfortable passing the job off to his young assistant-Dmitry Medvedev.
Dec 30 2014
1505833442 / 9781505833447
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6″ x 9″
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Political Science / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union