Moscow

Russomania

Vladimir Putin has taken Russia to new heights of success with
his sound future planning tempered by his personality that is a
combination of hard-driving ambition and personal charisma.

By Abdul Rasool Syed | August 2020

The constitutional reforms package announced by Vladamir Putin got an overwhelming response of approval from the Russian nation. These reforms will allow Mr Putin to serve two more six-year terms.

The Kremlin hailed the poll as a “triumph” and Mr. Putin thanked the Russians for their “support and trust”, adding that they were “improving the political system, firming up social guarantees, strengthening sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

By enacting these reforms, Putin has succeeded in getting constitutional as well as legal cover to extend his monocracy to 2036. The world is amazed at how he rules and with which magic wand he controls Russia?

Vladimir Putin is beyond any doubt, a man of great sensation in international politics. He has strikingly proved his mettle not only in statecraft but also in tactics of global diplomacy. He, by virtue of his success at home as well as abroad, has won laurels even from his most bitter detractors. US President Trump also could not help eulogizing Putin on many occasions.

The Russians are infatuated with Putin and deem him as a messiah since he has lifted their country to new heights. He has been ruling Russia since 2000 and has won four electoral terms. In 2018, he won with 76.69% votes. He will continue to be at the helm of power until 2024. This is irrefutable testimony to the fact that the Russian nation is spellbound by Putin’s charismatic persona.

He is, no doubt, a man of phenomenal achievements in both the internal and external domain of statecraft. Undeniably, he has created a huge impact on the world as well as on his country.

Externally, he has taken his country to new heights. The world, now, keeps an eagle eye on every move that Russia makes and the term Russophobia finds prominence in international media, particularly in the West.

Putin aspires to regain the lost influence of his country in “near abroad”. The latest examples of such moves are the Ukraine conflict and the annexation of Crimea. Those who were taken aback by Putin’s annexation of Crimea and the subsequent Russian-fuelled conflict in eastern Ukraine should have remembered that six years earlier, he had set the mould for the “Putin doctrine” in Georgia. Under this, Russia would use troops to protect its interests in a sphere of influence hemmed in by NATO’s advances.

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