AEI Scholar Leon Aron Available to Comment on Russia and Vladimir Putin

Media inquiries: Véronique Rodman
vrodman@aei.org (202.862.4870)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2007

No one really knows whether Russian president Vladimir Putin's recent announcement that he would not be averse to becoming the next prime minister, after the March 2 presidential election will actually come to be. But as he explains in yesterday's New York Times, AEI director of Russian studies Leon Aron notes that Putin is much more likely to continue in office as President Putin than act as the head of the Russian government under a new president.

Aron adds, "the Kremlin's policies today are geared entirely to the continuation of Putin's unchallenged control over the Russian government, whatever his formal position will be after the March 2, 2008, presidential election. Thus, the approaching parliamentary and presidential elections in Russia are likely to result in further domestic political dominance by the Kremlin and increased hostility in Russia's policy toward the United States and the West. The next few months are likely to bring more bad news from Russia and increased tensions with the United States."

Aron is the author of the recently published Russia's Revolution: 1989-2006 (AEI Press, 2007) in which he brings together his observations of the last great revolution of the twentieth century, which began in the 1980s with the collapse of the Soviet Union and which continues today with Putin's Russia.

Aron is available for comment and can be contacted at laron@aei.org or through his assistant at 202.828.6035 or kara.flook@aei.org.

For additional media inquiries, please contact Veronique Rodman at 202.862.4870 or vrodman@aei.org.

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