What to Expect From Putin's Re-election

Mar 25, 2018 | 15:12 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a rally March 18 to commemorate the fourth anniversary of his country's annexation of Crimea.

Supporters listen attentively to Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a rally March 18 commemorating the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea.



  • Though most of Russia's economic indicators are stable, the country still faces several long-term challenges that Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to contend with during his fourth term in office.
  • Addressing these issues, however, will require coming up with novel solutions — a difficult task for a leader after nearly 20 years in power.
  • If Putin manages to break with his usual strategy, Moscow may yet find common ground with the West.


Vladimir Putin has won re-election as president of Russia, by a wide margin. According to news reports, he received over 70 percent of the votes cast, with an estimated 60 percent of voters taking part. Despite allegations of irregularities and criticisms that authorities kept legitimate opposition to the incumbent president off the ballot, Putin has achieved what he set out to achieve: a clear mandate for the next six years. But what is that mandate? And what are we to expect from Russia in the global arena?...

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