Putin’s landslide election makes it seem like Russia is stable. Don’t be fooled.

There’s a looming and shockingly predictable crisis in Russia — and in major authoritarian countries around the world.

Sunday’s election in Russia, a rigged affair that Vladimir Putin won handily, seems on its face a testament to the strength of his regime. Putin staged a simulacrum of democracy, handed himself another term in office, and faced little in the way of opposition throughout the whole process.

But this interpretation papers over a deeper and more fundamental flaw in

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