The book is a case study of Putin’s use of the tactics of divide and rule in relation to, particularly, the hard-line elements among his supporters. It illustrates Putin’s methods of staying in power vis-à-vis groups that might put too much pressure on him, or who might even try to oust him. The project also suggests that Putin’s survival tactics have brought Russia to a deeply corrupt, state-dominated form of authoritarianism, which lacks deep institutional roots and will probably lead in due course to some form of state collapse. This work will appeal to a wide audience including political scientists, academics, graduate students, and everyone who is interested in contemporary Russian politics.
Reddaway, P. (2018). Russia’s domestic security wars: Putin’s use of divide and rule against his hardline allies. Russia’s Domestic Security Wars: Putin’s Use of Divide and Rule against his Hardline Allies (pp. 1–125). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77392-6