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Shakeups in the Russian Government

January 16, 2020

Episode Notes:

On January 15 during his annual state of the nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed broad constitutional changes, which seem aimed at cementing his hold on power even after he leaves the Russian presidency in 2024.  His announcements were followed by the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvev, along with the rest of the cabinet.  Putin’s announcement and the government shake-up caught observers by surprise, both in Russia and abroad. Michael Kofman, director of the Russia studies program at the Center for Naval Analyses, joins us to help better understand the issue.

 

[ 00:30 ] What changes did Putin announce yesterday and what do they mean?

[ 01:36 ] Why did he make this announcement now?

[ 04:18 ] What happens to former Prime Minister Medvedev in his new role on the Security Council?

[ 04:55 ] What do we know of the new Russian Prime Minister?

[ 08:50 ] Will these changes cement Putin's position and embolden him in his moves outside of the country?

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