What is Vladimir Putin up to? In the new book The Code of Putinism, Brian Taylor argues that we can only understand Putin’s Russia if we understand the set of ideas, emotions, and habits that influence how Team Putin views the world. Key features of Russian politics today--such as increasing authoritarianism, Putin's reliance on a small group of loyal friends and associates, state domination of the economy, and an assertive foreign policy--are traced to the worldview and mindset of Putin and his close associates. The Code of Putinism also shows how Putin's choices, guided by this mindset, have led to a Russia that is misruled at home and punching above its weight abroad.
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