|Author (Person)||Lo, Bobo|
|Publisher||Centre for European Reform|
|Series Title||Policy Brief|
|Series Details||February 2009|
|Publication Date||February 2009|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The global financial crisis has had a tremendous impact on Russia. Its much-vaunted resurgence has hit the buffers, and the mood in Moscow is one of mounting anxiety. But speculation about the demise of the Putin regime is premature. There is no popular will to challenge it, and self-interest and the lack of alternatives will ensure elite loyalties. Despite some softening around the edges, the fundamentals of Russian foreign policy remain intact – above all, a sense of great power entitlement. The West should respond to Moscow pragmatically, focusing on substantive co-operation and exercising patience.
|Countries / Regions||Russia|