There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia

As Putin stood in his Kremlin office in the winter of 2000 he faced a Russia close to anarchy and teetering on the edge of collapse.  The optimism of the past decade had collapsed along with the policies of the Yeltsin administration and the hope of a democratic Russia seemed further away than ever. Putin would respond to this crisis in a way that put his distrust, and quite frankly his disgust, for an open system fully on display. In just over a decade, Putin would replace the ‘wild west’ style of the Yeltsin years with a tightly controlled system of “vertical power.”  By consolidating power and persecuting his enemies, Vladimir Putin would elevate himself into the position of a 21st Century Czar and truly turn his country into “Putin’s Russia.” Continue reading There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia