Tyrannies are fragile things and when the fear upon which they are based crumbles, they collapse, write an associate professor at the Catholic University of America and fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology Jakub Grygiel for The American Interest.
The protests in Russia over the past weeks may be a sign of the growing fearlessness of some Russian citizens and the resulting weakness of Putin and his gang. There is good reason, therefore, to be hopeful that the Putinist kleptocracy may end.
Who, or what type of regime, will follow the two decades of Putin’s rule is another matter. We can hope that it will be more lenient and less authoritarian, but the future of Russia’s domestic system is anyone’s guess.