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Russians really don't like losers’, Putin expert warns

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vladimir Putin is a czar, a now detached and cocooned dictator, who has developed Russia into a totalitarian regime, a leading expert on Kremlin politics has said.

Mattia Bagnoli spent six years as Moscow bureau chief with the Italian news agency Ansa and has written a book on Putin’s Russia.

He warns that Putin’s power is not absolute and that he will have to produce a victory in Ukraine or be deposed.

“Russians really don’t like losers,” he said.

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