Ukraine’s political scholar forecasts Putinism’s collapse

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin

Following the "inauguration" of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who reclaimed the title of "president," Oleksandr Sushko, a Ukrainian political scientist and Executive Director of the International Renaissance Foundation, shared insights into Russia's future during an interview with NV Radio on May 7.

"Putinism will not lead Russia to prosperity and well-being," Sushko said.

"It's bound to end in a significant crisis, dismantling what was once deemed the bedrock of Russian stability. The regime's tightening grip has pushed it to the brink of collapse."

However, Sushko conceded uncertainty about the timing of this collapse, suggesting that Ukraine might play a role.

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"The Russian system has become a sealed black box, its internal workings barely visible," he said.

"But that doesn't mean they're non-existent. Like any closed system, it may seem stable for a while but can crumble overnight. Russia is such a system."

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Sushko foresaw widening "cracks" within the Putin regime, warning they might go unnoticed until its final days.

"The path of irreversibility is set," he said.

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"It is very difficult to imagine dismantling this regime peacefully. Therefore, such a crisis is likely to occur sooner or later. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on it knowing it comes at the cost of our people's lives. We mustn't base our strategy on something potentially collapsing in Russia."

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