Newly-Formed National Guard Cannot Dispel Putin's Multiple Insecurities

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Baev, Pavel K. (2016) Newly-Formed National Guard Cannot Dispel Putin's Multiple Insecurities, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1–2). 11 April.

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The fear of revolution might appear irrational, but the Kremlin courtiers know how a desperate stance of a small group of liberals could suddenly bring tens of thousands of protesters into Moscow’s streets.

Putin, meanwhile, apparently concerned about whether his order to use armed force against a new wave of protests would be followed, has placed his most trusted deputy in the position of power to execute such a command. This has aggrieved many other lieutenants, whose loyalty is a function of access to power convertible into cash flows. By upsetting this balance of power at the top, Putin likely also upset the balance of his fears; and the specter of a palace coup has grown scarier.

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