“Mikhail Mishstin was nicknamed Khrushch in the Kremlin,” said Valery Solovey referring to his own sources in the presidential administration. “It is a shortcut from Nikita Khrushchev. He has even some facial resemblance.”
As the probable crisis, which is on everyone’s lips, is coming up, the discussion about the future of the power vertical in Russia is getting heated again. While economists are arguing on how the federal center will fill a huge gap in the budget, political analysts are zealously trying to make predictions about the future of the protest action that started in Khabarovsk and the Kremlin's plans for the future of the Russian domestic political structure.
For example, according to Valery Solovey, a well-known Russian political scientist, publicist and doctor of historical sciences, power transit remains the most intensively discussed issue in Russia. However, he believes that this is a wrong approach. Solovey insists that by 2022, Vladimir Putin is likely to no longer have access to running the country, despite the fact that his current presidential term ends only in 2024. According to Valery Solovey, the theory that there might be a drastic reformatting of power in Russia, and Vladimir Putin might take charge of the State Council, turning the presidential post over to some trustworthy person, is also far from true.
“At the moment, the possibility of a scenario of this kind is not just tending to zero,” said Solovey. “It is completely unlikely. Chances are the system will collapse. First, it might happen due to the pressure from below and, secondly, due to a split between the ruling elites.”
As Solovey says, the rally in Khabarovsk can be cited as an example of serious pressures on the system from below. In his opinion, under certain circumstances the spontaneity of these events might give rise to a rather powerful revolutionary force. According to Solovey, the authorities are well aware of the fact. So, they are likely to implement the long-discussed “successor operation” before large-scale protest actions start in the country. Moreover, Solovey also believes that the Kremlin hopes to carry out the operation in the coming months, not in the next few years.
In this regard, Solovey recalled how quickly events unfolded when Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia after Boris Yeltsin.