Kurilla: There's a popular saying for the last couple days: Belarus in 2020 is what Russia will be in 2024

PONARS Eurasia
24 Sep 2020

(U.S. News & World Report) This year should have ushered in Russia’s return to greatness and Putin’s assumption of ‘great statesman’ status. Instead it has been marked by trouble for the man who would be czar. This was supposed to be Vladmir Putin's year. At the beginning of 2020, the Russian president appeared to have it all figured out. In January, the 67-year-old announced sweeping constitutional reforms that after two decades in power would in practice allow him to remain indefinitely. [...]

"It was an excellent plan," says Ivan Kurilla, a professor at the European University at St. Petersburg. "Then everything went sour." [...]

"There's a popular saying for the last couple days: Belarus in 2020 is what Russia will be in 2024, the next presidential elections in Russia," Kurilla says. [...]

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