Nikolay Petrov

Former Scholar-in-Residence
Society and Regions Program
Moscow Center
Nikolay Petrov was the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program. Until 2006, he also worked at the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he started to work in 1982.


English; Russian


Nikolay Petrov is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Nikolay Petrov was the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program. Until 2006, he also worked at the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he started to work in 1982.

Nikolay Petrov served as chief organizer of the Analysis and Forecast Division in the Supreme Soviet (1991–1992), adviser and analyst for the Russian Presidential Administration (1994–1995), and a scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1993–1994) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (1994). From 1996 to 2000, Petrov worked at the Carnegie Moscow Center as a senior consultant and scholar-in-residence. He later lectured at Macalester College in the United States.

Petrov earned his Ph.D. from Moscow State University. He is widely published.

  • Putin
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times December 17, 2012
    Putin and the Regions

    The Kremlin recognizes that decentralization is both necessary and inevitable, but Putin’s proposals for the Russian regions demonstrate that the regime is not quite ready to make decentralization a reality.

  • Paper November 27, 2012 Русский
    The Russian Awakening

    Russian society is waking up and pushing back against Putin’s brand of authoritarianism, with the potential to bring about a transformation of the system into one based on the rule of law.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times November 20, 2012
    Kremlin Filters Will Change in Next Elections

    The Kremlin is unlikely to agree with all of the Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies’ proposals for improving the gubernatorial election process.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times November 8, 2012
    Putin’s Political Volcano

    If the Russian authorities want to gain a free hand in implementing their social and economic measures, they must first extricate themselves from the current political crisis.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times October 21, 2012
    Kremlin Is the Big Loser in Regional Elections

    The recent regional elections have shown that rather than making the political system more open and competitive, the Kremlin has found new ways to outmaneuver the opposition while maintaining its hold on power.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times October 1, 2012
    Why the Kremlin Is Still Afraid of Elections

    On the eve of regional elections, the authorities have responded to protesters' demands for a more competitive and transparent political process by employing ever more sophisticated tricks to retain their hold on power.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times September 4, 2012
    Kremlin Fanning Ethnic And Religious Tensions

    Inter-religious and interethnic relations are rapidly deteriorating in Russia, but the authorities lack the programs to cope with them, the mechanisms to create new programs, and the realization that both are urgently needed.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times August 13, 2012
    Putin's Fake Anti-Corruption Drive

    The Kremlin's proposed anti-corruption campaign will serve to bind the bureaucracy together in order to avoid disloyalty, with the main goal of redistributing the wealth of the elites among their members.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times July 30, 2012
    Gap Between Moscow and Regions Widens

    The Kremlin is implementing counterproductive changes in relations between Moscow and the regions that offer little promise of improving the situation in the country.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times July 16, 2012
    Don't Expect an October Revolution

    The current three filter system for gubernatorial elections not only aggravates the opposition and fails to vent mounting social pressure, but it also strengthens the position of incumbent governors.

  • 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.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center August 13, 2010 Русский
    Irregular Triangle: State-Business-Society Relations in Russia’s Regions

    Relations between the state, business and society in Russia are fragmented. Interconnected, three-way dialogues between these three groups are practically nonexistent.

  • Nikolay Petrov
    PRI’s The World December 27, 2010
    Reaction to Guilt Verdict in Russian Oil Tycoon Case

    The new conviction of Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a potent demonstration of the regime’s lack of commitment to the modernization of the Russian political and judicial system.

  • Russia Today July 26, 2010
    Two Militants Allegedly Behind Blasts at Hydropower Plant Killed

    The attack at the Baksan hydropower station may be a sign that the militants in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria are switching to guerilla warfare and that the authorities must rethink their strategy for how to deal with the North Caucasus.

  • Russia Today May 27, 2010
    Southern Russia Mourns Terror Attack Victims

    The recent terrorist attack in Stavropol suggests that if Russia is still facing an increasing number of terrorist attacks, then perhaps it is time for the authorities to rethink their policies for the pacification of the Caucasus.

  • Worldfocus Radio December 17, 2009
    'The Stans' in Transition

    The five post-Soviet Central Asian republics—Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—share common political, cultural, and historical roots, but they are far from homogeneous, and continuing domestic and regional tensions could lead to violent conflict.


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