Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vladislav Surkov, The Real Genius Behind Putin's Rise To Power

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin

Putin’s Rasputin -- Peter Pomerantsev

The next act of Russian history is about to begin: Putin and Medvedev will pop off-stage into the Moscow green room, switch costumes, and re-emerge to play each other’s roles. Putin as president, again, Medvedev as PM. It’s the apotheosis of what has become known as ‘managed democracy’, and the ultimate triumph of the show’s writer-director, Putin’s chief ideologue and grey cardinal, Vladislav Surkov, the ‘Kremlin demiurge’. Known also as the ‘puppetmaster who privatized the Russian political system’, Surkov is the real genius of the Putin era. Understand him and you understand not only contemporary Russia but a new type of power politics, a breed of authoritarianism far subtler than the 20th-century strains.

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My Comment: Bill Clinton had Dick Morris. George Bush had Karl Rove. Barrack Obama has/had David Axelrod. Vladimir Putin has Vladislav Surkov.

Kudos to the London Review of Books for this post. Russians know who Vladislav Surkov is .... and it is about time that some in the west also start to get to know who he is as Putin prepares for his next Russian Presidential run.

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