7 Oct 2022

‘Defeat in Ukraine could be the end of Putin’

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is obsessed with his legacy. He has compared himself to Peter the Great, the tsar who founded St Petersburg and created the modern Russian empire.

That was Putin’s plan but with Ukrainian forces now pushing back and Russian men fleeing the country, it’s not going the way he had hoped.

So is he losing his hold on power?

We speak to Angela Stent, an author, professor and an expert in all things Russia and Putin. She explains that while Putin’s legacy is damaged and his hold on power is slightly weaker – it’s too early to say if this is the beginning of the end for the Russian leader.

Sources: AP Archive

Producer: Freya Pickford


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