The first part of the book, outlining why crises have been perennial problems for Russia, is followed by an exploration of contemporary Russian political institutions and policy to show how Putin has stabilised Russian politics. But, while Putin’s achievements as a politician have been considerable in strengthening his personal position, they have not dealt successfully with the enduring problem of the Russian state’s functionality. Like other Russian rulers, Putin has been much better at establishing a political system that supports his rule than he has at building up a state that can deliver material wealth and protection to the Russian people. As a result, Robinson argues, Russia has been and remains vulnerable to political crisis and regime change.
Keywords: Politics, Military, Cold War, Russia, US, Russia-US relations, conflict, Ukraine, Putin, Kremlin, Duma war, remodernisation, strategy, geopolitics, security, foreign policy, defense, perestroika, Soviet