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An end to the war doesn’t mean the end of Putin

By Amy Mackinnon

27 Feb 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

How will Russia emerge from the invasion of Ukraine? Experts warn of a bleak future for the country and its leader, Vladimir Putin. But his departure from office is far from guaranteed.

Russia may well emerge from the war poor, belligerent, and with President Vladimir Putin still in power.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been an exercise in thinking the unthinkable—from the shocking barbarity of the invasion itself, to the unexpected course the conflict has taken, to the shattering of long-established national security norms and taboos on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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