The House that Putin Built

Rutland, Peter
September 2007
Transitions Online;9/17/2007, p5
The article deliberates on the decision of Vladimir Putin to appoint bureaucrat Viktor Zubkov as prime minister of Russia. As the initial shock subsided, a loose consensus emerged that Zubkov's appointment does not represent a decisive turning point. Rather, its purpose is to prolong the uncertainty over who will be Russia's next president. All the signs had been pointing to First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov as the next president. Zubkov's elevation opens up a new set of possibilities.


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