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PUTIN AND HIS POLICIES: By Evgueni Novikov, Ph.D.

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Center for a Secure Free Socierty (SFS). 

Evgueni NovikovIntroduction:

The reader might appreciate that my opinions on Russia and its leadership are based on my long time cultural experience as an insider and observer of the Soviet/Russian elites. My mother’ sister, Olga Nikolaevna, was a wife of Mr. Alexey Koslov, CPSU top apparatchik, former deputy of Soviet PM Malenkov and a Soviet minister of agriculture. Olga Nikolaevna’s social status made it possible for her to be a friend of Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alilueva. In my childhood years I would spend a lot of time with Olga Nikolaevna’s family and I had vivid impressions about the way of life of Stalin’s party elite members. Mr. Alexey Koslov helped me to enroll in the prestigious Nachimov Naval preparatory school in Leningrad, where I became a friend of Admiral Yuri Panteleev who was the President of the Leningrad Navy War College. I was accepted into the Admiral’s family and was able to watch the life styles of members of the Soviet military. While I pursued my studies in Leningrad, I became acquainted with the Leningrad culture of the intelligentsia, to which the family of young Putin belonged. Following my years at the Nachimov Naval preparatory school, I became a student at a most prestigious Soviet University – MGIMO (all Russian foreign ministers are and have been alumni of this University). After graduation, and until my defection to the USA in 1988, I worked for the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee’s International Department. (My former colleague, Mr. Alexey Pushkov is a head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Duma). My cultural and personal experience enables me to understand the way of thinking and acting of the Russian inner circle and of President Vladimir Putin. Based on the above experience I shall try to explain why the Russian people like and support President Vladimir Putin. More importantly, an appraisal of Putin’s domestic support can help us to discern his ambitions in Ukraine and his latest endeavor in the Middle East.

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