NEWSWATCH: “What Does Putin Want? To Maintain His Power No Matter What; A big win for Putin in the March election would be a victory for the Russian autocratic state.” – NBC/ William Pomeranz

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium Gesturing

“In Russia … [elections] are acts of confirmation: The only real suspense … is whether … Putin will receive 70 percent or 80 percent …. Putin … surely understands that reform is the moment of greatest vulnerability for a Russian leader (just ask … Gorbachev). … Putin’s intent is always to maintain control, as recent prosecutions attest. * * * … At the top of his fourth term “to do” list is finding the money to keep the ship of state afloat. * * * … Putin must realize he needs to stay ahead of this corruption issue. … it could potentially unite an otherwise splintered opposition. * * * … what about foreign affairs? … the chances for a major breakthrough looks [sic] remote. Putin wants a negotiated settlement in Syria …. A resolution of the Ukrainian standoff appears equally unlikely, particularly with Washington raising the possibility of sending advanced defensive weapons ….”

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