Journalists and political analysts have been speculating about whether the Kremlin‘s anti-corruption campaign will cause a split among Russia’s ruling elite. Even if this is only a PR stunt by the authorities to co-opt the opposition’s main demand, it will not produce any serious or systemic changes. But as some analysts contend, even this “innocuous” battle with corruption might prove too much for some politicians to bear. They might react by launching counterattacks of their own against the political clans assaulting them. This could trigger a chain reaction resulting in the final collapse of Putin‘s elite and lead to the political destabilization of the country.
Until recently, the stability of the bureaucratic elite was based on certain rules of the game that permitted corruption in return for loyalty to the Kremlin. But now faith in the old rules has been undermined, and no new rules have been introduced to replace them. It is not even clear if any new rules even exist.
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