Maria Lipman

Former Scholar in Residence
Society and Regions Program
Editor in Chief, Pro et Contra
Moscow Center
Lipman was the editor in chief of the Pro et Contra journal, published by the Carnegie Moscow Center. She was also the expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.


MA, Moscow State University


English; Russian


Maria Lipman is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Maria Lipman was the editor in chief of the Pro et Contra journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center. She was also the expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.

Lipman served as deputy editor of the Russian weekly newsmagazines Ezhenedel’ny zhurnal, from 2001 to 2003, and Itogi, from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a translator, researcher, and contributor for the Washington Post’s Moscow bureau and has had a monthly op-ed column in the Washington Post since 2001.

She is the author of “Constrained or Irrelevant: The Media in Putin’s Russia,” (Current History, October 2005); “Putin and the Media,” with Michael McFaul, in Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain, edited by Dale R. Herspring (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); “Managed Democracy in Russia: Putin and the Press?” with Michael McFaul, in Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics (Summer 2001); and “Russia’s Free Press Withers Away,” The New York Review of Books, (May 31, 2001).

  • Op-Ed New Republic May 23, 2014
    Meet the Second-Rate Academic Who Is Vladimir Putin’s Culture Cop

    Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky’s primary motive is to curry favor with Vladimir Putin. As Putin has shifted gears to a more conservative, anti-Western, and isolationist outlook, scores of his aggressive loyalists have followed the new trend.

  • Commentary April 16, 2014
    The Russian State Power and the Ukrainian Human Factor

    Russia will likely succeed in holding sway over Ukraine and turning this country into its buffer zone, but it cannot secure itself from the people’s resentment and resistance.

  • Commentary March 28, 2014
    Putin’s Crimean Conquest Pushes Russia to an Anti-Modernization Course

    The seizure of Crimea is Putin’s personal conquest, as well as a dramatic reinforcement of his regime of personal power. For now Putin has succeeded in halting Russia’s social and economic modernization and has pushed Russia to an anti-modernization course.

  • Commentary March 14, 2014
    The End of Free Press in Russia

    The Ukrainian crisis has intensified the Kremlin’s crackdown on the Russian media. Nongovernment media simply no longer belong in today’s Russia.

  • Commentary February 13, 2014
    After the Sochi Games: Russia Remains With Itself

    Just as any grand event, the Sochi Olympics will soon be over and Russia will remain with itself. Its prospects are uncertain since the economic growth has dropped and the Kremlin’s policy has shifted toward social conservatism.

  • Commentary February 7, 2014
    In Russia Political Power Is Above the Law

    The aggravation of the human rights situation in today’s Russia is impossible to deny. What makes things worse is that in Russia the political power is above the law.

  • Commentary January 30, 2014
    Russia’s Newly Designed Traditional Values

    The anti-gay campaign may have helped the Kremlin to pit the conservative majority against the excessively modernized trouble-makers. But the wave of negative publicity this campaign is generating has taken a heavy toll on the image of Russia in general, and the Sochi Olympics in particular.

  • Commentary January 9, 2014
    A World Without Authority

    Since the collapse of the Cold War order many countries around the world have engaged in wars and revolutions. The outcomes of these battles no longer fit in the good-or-evil framework. What’s more, in today’s disorderly and erratic world even major nations do not have the authority to make such judgments.

  • Commentary December 19, 2013
    Celebrate the People, Not the Leaders

    This year’s top three “men of the year” include Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin, and Edward Snowden. But if the “people who made history in 2013” were to be chosen, it should be the actual people—those Ukrainians who have gathered in the Kiev Independence Square.

  • Commentary December 6, 2013
    Standoff in Ukraine and Nation-Building

    Nation-building in Ukraine is a formidable task, its divided nation also a hurdle to a democratic development. Still, Ukraine seems to have a better chance of evolving as a democracy than Russia.

  • Russia in 2020
    Washington November 21, 2011
    Russia in 2020: Scenarios for the Future

    While Vladimir Putin is unlikely to give up power any time soon, the political and economic system he created is incapable of dealing with Russia’s rapidly changing conditions. Crises are likely unavoidable unless Russia changes and modernizes.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • ABC March 20, 2014
    Putin Addresses Parliament on Crimea Independence

    Vladimir Putin’s policy is to do what he sees right, regardless of what others think about it. He is ready for sanctions and to accept the costs.

  • ABC March 6, 2014
    Putin Says “No Need for Use of Force” in Ukraine

    It seems unlikely that Russian armed forces will move beyond the Crimean peninsula. The softer and more conciliatory tone taken by Putin could be a result of the determination of the United States and Europe to take action against Russia.

  • Channel 4 February 27, 2014
    Situation in Ukraine

    The situation in Ukraine is very unstable and dangerous, and Moscow's support of the delayed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and non-recognition of the new authorities in Kyiv only adds to the tension.

  • Al Jazeera February 25, 2014
    Ukraine Caught in a “Zero-Sum” Game

    Russia and the EU are trying to pull Ukraine into their orbit rather than cooperating on what would be best for the country.

  • Al Jazeera’s Inside Story October 19, 2013
    Race Riots: A Wake-Up Call for Russia?

    The influx of labor migrants is an economic necessity for Russia, which does not have enough native workforce. But the newness of this migration, coupled with a social distrust of authority, is causing problems.

  • euronews September 27, 2013
    On Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

    The main reason that Russia’s anti-gay laws have stirred up such strong emotions is the lack of open social discussion about the issue.

  • Parkhomenko, a member of the Coordination Council
    Heinrich Böll Foundation March 21, 2013
    An Interview on Russian Protests

    The protests in Russia cannot be called a political phenomenon, as the participants are experienced in civic activism but not in political life.

  • Sky News August 9, 2012 Русский
    Russia Punks Trial

    A verdict of acquittal or not guilty for Pussy Riot is unlikely because the verdict for this politically sensitive trial will be reached outside the courtroom.

  • Sky News July 30, 2012 Русский
    Punk Trial

    It is unlikely that the members of Pussy Riot punk band will be found not guilty, because to recognize that they were not guilty would require acknowledging that the trial itself was a sham.

  • NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday July 15, 2012
    Response To Disastrous Flood Ignites Russian Rage Online

    The outrage over the mismanagement of the flood in Krymsk will contribute to the waning of Vladimir Putin’s popularity, but this process is slow-going.


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