The G7 and Russia

| Daniel Hoffman
Daniel Hoffman
Former CIA Chief of Station

As the Group of Seven (G7) leaders meet in the French coastal town of Biarritz this weekend, the issue of recent Russian behavior will most certainly be discussed.  A series of global leaders rebuffed a statement earlier this week from President Trump, who said that it would be “appropriate” for Russia to re-join the group.  Ukraine’s president was among the European voices who opposed the idea, reminding leaders that Moscow still occupies Crimea and undermining peace in Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin is also facing the largest outbreak of unrest in Russia in nearly a decade as protesters have taken to the streets of Moscow for the past several weekends, calling for free and fair elections among other things.   

We spoke with Cipher Brief Expert and former CIA Station Chief Dan Hoffman about how he sees recent events unfolding and what they could mean for Russia moving forward.

like they are for example in our country, so they run the risk of being seen as threats to the regime’s security because what scares Vladimir Putin is  democracy. These are Russians who don’t feel like their own government is really listening to their grievances have no real path to be heard, certainly not through Russia’s corrupt parliament, so they’re out there protesting and demonstrating how they feel about things. It’s not going to solve anything, but it just shows you how brittle Russian autocracy is.

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The Author is Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman is a former Chief of Station with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of distinguished government service included high-level positions not only within the CIA, but also with the U.S. military, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Commerce. Assignments included tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia. During this time, Hoffman developed substantive expertise on geopolitical and... Read More

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