|Author (Person)||Krastev, Ivan, Pavlovsky, Gleb|
|Publisher||European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)|
|Series Title||Policy Brief|
|Series Details||March 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog, Report|
+ Russia’s March 2018 presidential election will mark the arrival of the post-Putin era in Russian domestic politics.
+ Following the vote, Vladimir Putin will focus on shaping the new era, in a process he views not as a search for a successor but as a transfer of power from his generation to the Putin generation (comprising politicians who came of age during, and have been shaped by, his rule).
+ Meanwhile, the behaviour of Russia’s major political and economic players will be defined not by the president’s presence in the system but by the expectation of his departure.
+ Despite widespread expectations that the regime will undergo a major transformation, it is unlikely that post-Putin Russia will be an anti-Putin Russia.
+ Moscow will likely maintain its current foreign policy objectives even after Putin’s exit from the Kremlin, but without him Russia will probably be a weak international player.
|Countries / Regions||Russia|