Is Putin more powerful than ever? – BBC World Service

The Russian economy is thriving, the media in the country is more stifled than it has ever been this century, and high-profile dissenting voices are being silenced – is this controlling crackdown making President Vladimir Putin more powerful than ever?

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Following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the Russian leader has played on his network of influence and dictatorial power to ensure he stays at the top of the country’s political structure.

The former spy, who honeymooned in Ukraine, seems to be reviving Russia’s imperial history in a bid to create a legacy to rival some of the powerful leaders who came before him – but for how long can he hold onto power?

00:00 Introduction
00:50 The war in Ukraine
03:03 Russia’s economy
05:47 Media censorship and dissent in Russia
08:27 Is Putin more powerful than ever?

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