Virtual Militarism Grows Into Real Peril for Russia

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Baev, Pavel K. (2016) Virtual Militarism Grows Into Real Peril for Russia, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1–2). 9 May.

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As the tanks and missiles depart from Moscow, the paroxysm of self-glorification also dissipates, leaving behind the inevitable hangover and the “Now what?” question.

Putin cannot be sure that the forthcoming parliamentary elections, tightly managed as they are, might not unleash an avalanche of heretofore hidden mass discontent, as they did in late 2011. He has only a few weeks to invent a new cause to rally the masses in support of more of the same, but his subordinates seem to be out of ideas.

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