Mark Kramer

mkramer@fas.harvard.edu
Articles by Mark Kramer

Prigozhin’s Fate in Putin’s Russia: The Political Roles of Aircraft, Part II

During Putin’s 24 years in power, he has often resorted to assassinations and extralegal violence to reinforce his control of Russian politics, and it is therefore not surprising that most Russian and Western observers have assumed that he orchestrated Prigozhin’s death as revenge for the mutiny in June.

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Prigozhin’s Fate in Putin’s Russia: The Political Roles of Aircraft, Part I

In Russia, politicians who run afoul of President Vladimir Putin are at risk of being killed by poison, defenestration, or gunshot, or of being sentenced to harsh prison terms on spurious charges. And now, in the wake of the airplane crash that occurred in the Tver region northwest of Moscow on August 23, many observers both inside and outside Russia believe the Russian president has come up with another technique for eliminating his rivals.

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