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Colton: Putin Likely to Remain Powerful Figure After 2008

Timothy J. Colton, Director, Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor

Timothy J. Colton Timothy J. Colton, a leading expert on Russian politics, says that even though Vladimir Putin will have to step down as president of Russia in April 2008, he will likely play a major role in Russia’s leadership and might even move back into the presidency. “You see discussion of the 2012 question, that they install one of these individuals in 2008 and four years later or even sooner, this person could resign, and say ‘I’ve decided that we can’t live without him.’ Putin could then be reelected,” Colton says. TOT AICI