Putin is on His Way Out, but Things Could Go from Vlad to Worse
Well, the Russian invasion of Russia turned out to be vastly more successful than the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
After 16 months of stalemate, with Russian forces bogged down by incompetence, corruption and infighting, the Ukraine war yesterday boomeranged right back at Vladimir Putin.
The rebellion by his Wagner militia is the most significant challenge to him since he came to power 23 years ago.
And though Putin´s former ally Yevgeny Prigozhin pulled back in his advance on Moscow — allegedly to avoid bloodshed — two things now seem clear.
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What we are seeing may well be the beginning of the end of the war in Ukraine. But it is almost certainly also the beginning of the end of Vladimir Putin.
Few people will mourn that fact. But anybody with any sense of history will remember that the history of Russia is that everything can always get worse.
Douglas Murray is associate editor of The Spectator and author of The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason, among other books.
Originally published in New York Post.