Is there people power in Russia? (Page 37)

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Business Times

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Terence Lee and Professor Theodore Hopf, both from the Department of Political Science at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The authors made reference to the recent street demonstrations against corruption and demand for the resignation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, which occurred across Russia. They noted that popular demonstrations can lead to the collapse of authoritarian rule, and discussed whether the Russian demonstrations will succeed if they persist, as well as the critical aspects to watch for in the months ahead. They opined that Russian President Mr Vladimir Putin at present retains control over segments of the Russian population that could cause him trouble, and that people power is not powerful enough to threaten his removal.  However, to quell increasing public unease over corruption, the President may be forced to get rid of some of his highly placed allies or risk facing more mobilised anti­corruption protests in the run­up to presidential elections in 2018.

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