The attitudes of leaders toward their personal future are very important to domestic and international politics. These views are particularly vital in the case of leaders of nondemocratic regimes who could face legal prosecution for their corrupt acts or violations of human rights in their own country and abroad. In spite of these fears, however, the leaders in many authoritarian societies trespass laws, both domestic and international, in order to preserve their power and enrich their families. They expose themselves to the danger of the prosecution after they leave office or lose control of the regime. In this context, the author pays special attention to Vladimir Putin’s political future and to the developments in Russia, which favor and disfavor his continued stay in power after 2008.
Are today’s authoritarian leaders doomed to be indicted when they leave office? The Russian and other post-Soviet cases
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Vladimir Shlapentokh; Are today’s authoritarian leaders doomed to be indicted when they leave office? The Russian and other post-Soviet cases. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2006; 39 (4): 447–473. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2006.08.001
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