Russia’s Domestic Security Wars

Putin’s Use of Divide and Rule Against His Hardline Allies

  • Peter Reddaway

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Peter Reddaway
    Pages 1-7
  3. The Background and Emergence of the Siloviki War

  4. The Intense Years of the Silovik War, 2004–2007

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
  5. The Silovik War Winds Down—Aftermath and Conclusions

  6. Russian Politics in 2012–2017 and Some General Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Peter Reddaway
      Pages 105-111
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-125

About this book


The book is a case study of Putin’s use of the tactics of divide and rule in relation to, particularly, the hard-line elements among his supporters. It illustrates Putin's methods of staying in power vis-à-vis groups that might put too much pressure on him, or who might even try to oust him. The project also suggests that Putin’s survival tactics have brought Russia to a deeply corrupt, state-dominated form of authoritarianism, which lacks deep institutional roots and will probably lead in due course to some form of state collapse. This work will appeal to a wide audience including political scientists, academics, graduate students, and everyone who is interested in contemporary Russian politics.


Russia Vladimir Putin corruption authoritarianism Russian government divide and rule 2004-2010 Siloviki War

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Reddaway
    • 1
  1. 1.George Washington UniversityMcLeanUSA

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