Brian Whitmore: Russia’s succession problem

Editor’s Note: “The Power Vertical” is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Last week’s dramatic developments in Moscow demonstrated that Russia lacks one of the fundamental attributes of a modern state – the mechanism for power to legitimately be transferred.

(c) KyivPost


  1. When a president is elected illegitimately for 20 years, how can they transfer power legitimately?

      • …or blackmail ;))
        The little KGB zit doesn’t care about transition of power. He knows he has to be president until he dies (assuming he believes he will eventually die) or the Oligarchs will string him up for stealing from them. Putler’s private military will protect him.

        • Just read this on RT. They make it sound like this guy will have power over any decisions about Ukraine.

          “Moscow newspaper Kommersant reported on Saturday evening that the Ukraine brief will be handed over to Dmitry Kozak, who was appointed Deputy Kremlin Chief of Staff, this week. Kozak was born in Ukraine and is regarded as being strongly in favor of improved relations with Kiev.”

          • Born in Ukraine but his entire resume’ is Moskali. He is former KGB and Spetsnaz so all he understands is fascism. He is also sanctioned to the hilt so he will have to run off to Oman for meetings too…

  2. Isn’t it amazing that from the all the former Soviet Union republics, only the Baltic states and Ukraine have managed to become democracies. The others have become dictatorships. And, Mafia land is the worst of the bunch.

Enter comments here: