During the Yeltsin years, it became fashionable in the West to cite Russia's weak state as the source of Russia's ills. Putin has demonstrated after only a few months in office that the Russian federal state still has tremendous power—perhaps too much power—if the man in control of that state is vigorous, ambitious, and popular.
Putin in Power
Michael McFaul is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an assistant professor of political science and Hoover fellow at Stanford University. His latest book, Russia's Troubled Transition from Communism to Democracy, will be published in the summer of 2001.
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Michael McFaul; Putin in Power. Current History 1 October 2000; 99 (639): 307–314. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.639.307
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