Russian Elites to Split After Putin Steps Back From Power- Michael McFaul

Russian Elites to Split After Putin Steps Back From Power- Michael McFaul
15 September 2018

The Russian elites will split after President Putin leaves his office and the transfer of power to another will not be a smooth process, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-14), Professor at the Stanford University and Senior Fellow at Hoover Institute, Michael McFaul, has said.

“It would not be correct to say that they are united. When the post-Putin era begins, do not expect all the elites to behave in the same manner. I think we should expect a big fight. Also, some of theses people, who did not like the path taken, will start questioning: are we going the right way? … I think there will be a split in the elite”, McFaul said addressing the 15th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting themed “The Next Generation of Everything” and organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

McFaul added that an attempt to hand over the power to other members of the security agencies will not gain support from all the members of the Russian elite. “The Russians won’t go for Bortnikov or Patrushev. There were twenty years of “Putinism”, and now they promise another twenty years of the same course but without that charisma and luck Putin has had? I think it would be very difficult to hand over the reins of power to the security agencies”, McFaul concluded.

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Stephen Sackur
Stephen Sackur
Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC World New, 14th YES Annual Meeting, 2017
«Russians are going to be fighting with long-term economic misery. And they will have to decide whether they are prepared to put up with it for the nationalist enterprise of staying in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.»