From Nemtsov to Prigozhin: The evolution of Putin’s hit list and what it means for Russia for THE HILL

In a new article of Maksym Skrypchenko, President of the Transatlantic Dialogue Center, for The Hill media outlet the dramatic demise of Yevgeny Prigozhin in a mysterious plane crash and its implications for Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s regime are discussed.

This incident is seen as part of a pattern where Putin is now targeting not just liberal opposition figures and oligarchs but also generals, nationalists, and members of his own team, indicating a new level of paranoia within the regime.

The author argues that Putin’s regime is increasingly focused on suppressing dissent and consolidating power, with loyalty to Putin taking precedence over competence in appointments. The elimination of Prigozhin sends a message that dissenters and rivals for power, no matter how influential, will be ruthlessly purged. This, along with other developments, points to a bleak future for Russia, with a narrowing space for dissent and military decisions driven by Putin’s whims.

The article also warns that Putin’s reliance on coercion and purges will accelerate Russia’s decline, turning it into an international pariah. It calls for Western governments and international organizations to adapt their strategies to address the new threats emerging from Putin’s tightening grip on power and emphasizes the need for vigilance in dealing with an increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous Russia.

Feel free to find the full article at The Hill website.