The term ‘hybrid war’ has become synonymous with Russian aggression. It denotes a style of warfare that combines the political, economic, social and kinetic, in a kind of conflict that recognizes no boundaries between covert and overt war. However, this definition fails to recognize crucial distinctions in Russian strategy, writes Mark Galeotti.
is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and head of its Centre for European Security. His most recent book, The Vory: Russia’s super mafia, will be published by Yale University Press in April 2018. He blogs at ‘In Moscow’s Shadows’ and tweets @MarkGaleotti.
Having turned the law into an instrument of state policy and private vendetta, and having turned the legislature into a caricature without power or independence, can Vladimir Putin afford to become an ex-president? As the Russian leader prepares to be re-anointed in an election on 18 March, Mark Galeotti explores Putin’s options.