President Bill Clinton thinks that Vladimir Putin won’t be able to deny the hit that U.S. and European sanctions will have on Russia, but his control of the media will enable him to hang on. In an interview with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, the former president said that sanctions will be felt because, especially because of the extreme concentration of wealth and power at the top. But, he said, the state media won’t reflect the damage.
“Putin controls the media,” he said. “So by the time they get through whipping everybody up, he can maintain popularity longer than he should.”
Mr. Clinton spoke to Woodruff in Washington on Friday, where he had just finished an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of Americorps with President Barack Obama. Watch our full interview with President Clinton tonight on the PBS NewsHour.