Politico: "Putin’s Going Nowhere. The West Needs to Get a Grip"

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.21 - 2024 10:35 AM CET

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Social media memes and smart tricks won't bring down Putin. Only Ukraine's victory has the power to achieve that, writes Politico.

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Over the past two years, there have been numerous predictions that the Russian leader Vladimir Putin's days might be numbered. Yet, according to Politico, his grip on power is now tighter than ever.

Speculations have surfaced suggesting Russians might abandon Putin, or he could be deposed through a Kremlin coup by oligarchs and the elite, currently aggrieved by Western sanctions and frozen assets abroad.

However, Putin is on track to become Russia's longest-serving ruler since the Tsar era, surpassing dictator Joseph Stalin.

Politico points out that Putin's purported 87% victory in a recent election underscores his total control over Russia through repression.

It's acknowledged among oligarchs that "you can't challenge the boss."

The article states that Russia's defeat in Ukraine stands as the only realistic goal. Such an outcome would not only secure Ukraine's right to determine its own future but might also curb Putin's aggression and potentially "save Russia too" by altering its political dynamics.

The publication writes that in order to achieve such a victory, the West must intensify efforts, accelerate weapon and military aid deliveries, and assist Ukraine in withstanding forthcoming Russian assaults, likely targeting Kharkiv and Odessa, while preparing for renewed efforts to expel Russia.

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