Putin’s Political Shell Game How Russia’s President Is Preparing His Own Succession

As he approaches the twilight of his presidency, Vladimir Putin is seeking changes to the constitution to pave the way for someone else to take over. Or is he?
By Christian Esch in Moscow
Vladimir Putin during his state of the nation address in January: The Russian president is engaging in no less than a shell game as he mulls his possible succession.

Vladimir Putin during his state of the nation address in January: The Russian president is engaging in no less than a shell game as he mulls his possible succession.

ALEXEI NIKOLSKY / TASS / SIPA USA
The Kremlin in Moscow: All the big names in Russian politics today owe their position to Putin.

The Kremlin in Moscow: All the big names in Russian politics today owe their position to Putin.

MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP
Duma member Valery Rashkin: "It became clear to me: People, this is a fake!”

Duma member Valery Rashkin: "It became clear to me: People, this is a fake!”

Yuri Kozyrev / DER SPIEGEL
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