Why Putins Government Is Assaulting Itself

The Atlantic
Thursday 21st March, 2013

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters The main components of Vladimir Putin’s power vertical are untouchable no more. The government, the prime minister, the Defense Ministry, the State Duma, and the ruling United Russia party have all been subject to withering attacks in recent months. And the opposition barely needed to lift a finger. Most of the assaults came from within the regime itself. The latest example of this trend, of course, was the report made public last week claiming that the results of the December 2011 parliamentary elections were rigged to give United Russia a narrow vict…

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