JRL NEWSWATCH: “Something is rotten: Vladimir Putin is growing ever more repressive as he loses support; The Russian president has only one goal: his own survival” – The Economist

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

“… Putin scrapped term limits …. hint[ing] at the president’s belief that the regime cannot survive without him — and that he cannot survive without it. … He and his cronies have a single goal: his survival. They fear losing their wealth, freedom and possibly more ….  Ukraine is not the only potential trouble-spot …. Belarus is another. In his state-of-the-union address, … Putin reiterated a conspiracy theory that America had plotted a coup and the assassination of … Lukashenko. … [Putin] sabre-rattling forms part of a wider political crisis between Russia and the West. .. American officials are considering whether to send more arms to Ukraine …. Allies are also discussing fresh sanctions. …”

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