JRL NEWSWATCH: “They Talk the Talk, But Do Russia’s Hawks Have Any Real Influence?” – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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“It’s difficult to discern any real growth in the influence of the hardliners. They are trying to push Putin down a narrow corridor of escalation, but there are no signs that the president is actually listening to them.”

“The longer Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the more prominent the party of war becomes …. Hardly a day goes by without a headline-making statement by the most outspoken ultrapatriotic, anti-Western hawks …. but have they actually gained any more influence …? … [I]n the Russian power system, a person’s importance is determined not by their media activity, but by … Putin. … [T]he Russian elite was divided into war and peace camps[,] [t]he latter … made up of … technocrats, any remaining liberals …, and influential businessmen. They were shocked by the outbreak of war, but quickly found themselves having to try to mitigate its consequences. Hardly any of them spoke out publicly against the war ….”

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