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Putin’s Return


Vladimir Putin has returned to the Kremlin, but he has a different country to rule. It is becoming increasingly clear that Russia will be unable to launch serious social and economic development unless its political system becomes more open and responsive. Russian society has been on the move, with more affluent consumers turning into citizens and the socio-economic demands of the less well-off rising. Putin is powerful, but he is no longer calling all the shots: for the first time in more than a decade, other political leaders are emerging. The new situation in Russia calls for a deeper understanding of the country’s evolution based on new evidence.

Carnegie Experts on Putin’s Return

  • Alexander Baunov
    Senior Associate
    Editor in Chief of Carnegie.ru
    Moscow Center

    Baunov is a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of Carnegie.ru.

  • Andrei Kolesnikov
    Senior Associate and Chair
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center

    Kolesnikov is a senior associate and the chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

  • Maxim Samorukov
    Deputy Editor of Carnegie.ru
    Moscow Center

    Samorukov is deputy editor of Carnegie.ru.


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