Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions

Current political affairs and long-term trends – including the evolution of Russia’s leadership structure – are studied in depth and in comparative context. The program studies Russia’s political institutions, shifting balances of power between the federal center and the regions, changing public attitudes towards democracy, and theoretical issues of politics, economics, power and business.

    • Op-Ed

    A Russian View on the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 Years On

    We should never forget the benefits that Germany’s reunification brought to the world.

    • Commentary

    Post-Putin Uncertainty Means a Jittery Russian Elite and Brittle Regime

    Amid the uncertainty over what will happen when Putin steps down in 2024, everyone is striving to claim exclusive functions that could later be required by Putin during the implementation of his plan for the transition of power.

    • Op-Ed

    No, Putin Doesn’t Like Impeachment

    There’s one thing the Kremlin wants even more than sowing chaos in the United States: Keeping Trump in the White House.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin Welcomes Stalin Back to the Pantheon

    Russian officialdom has lately developed an enormous appetite—bordering on patriotic hysteria—for historical politics.

    • Commentary

    Repression Rollback: First Moscow Protesters See Charges Dropped

    After two months of trial and error in dealing with the Moscow protests, it looks like the Russian authorities have started to define their red lines. As before, the slightest physical resistance to the authorities is met with harsh punishment, but the siloviki have stopped short of openly fabricating cases: not for the sake of society, but because this concerns the president too. The level of repression is abating, together with the displeasure of the civilian section of the elite closest to the president, which had been alarmed by the siloviki’s attempts to alter the status quo.

    • Commentary

    Has Russia, Inc. Stalwart Chemezov Crossed the Barricades?

    Sergei Chemezov’s comments on the public mood in Russia testify not to the specter of a thaw, but, on the contrary, to the fact that the clampdown is in full swing, and only individual members of the inner circle are apprehensive of the authorities’ new radical strategy of repression, which will provoke a new spiral in the war that is already de facto raging between the state and civil society.

    • Commentary

    Moscow Protests Are Good News for Opposition–and Siloviki

    This month’s protests in Moscow over city parliament elections are proof that Russia’s non-systemic opposition has taken its struggle to be recognized by the Kremlin as a major political player to a new level. Faced with a foe that has seized the initiative, set the agenda, and brought people into the streets, the Kremlin is at a loss. Its brightest idea, it seems, is to forcibly disperse the protests and prosecute the demonstrators: an approach that risks the state’s takeover by the siloviki.

    • Op-Ed

    What Are Russians Protesting About?

    Recent demonstrations in Russia have not been led by a particular group or movement with grand political designs. Instead, protesters in Arkhangelsk – much like those in Yekaterinburg and even in Moscow – are simply people fighting for their government, finally, to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

    • Commentary

    Why Government Economists Are Getting Nervous in Russia

    Every step taken by any state manager, including ministers within the government’s economic bloc, is limited by a maze of KPIs, over the achievement of which they often simply have no control.

    • Op-Ed

    Russia’s Three Fronts of Civil Society

    The society of citizens and its representatives in Russia face a dilemma. One option is to cut a deal with the state and work in its interests and on its terms. The other option is marginalisation, to become outcasts destined to be in constant conflict with the state.

Carnegie Experts on
Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions

  • expert thumbnail - Kolesnikov
    Andrei Kolesnikov
    Senior Fellow and Chair
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center
    Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • Viktoria Shapovalova
    Program Coordinator
    Moscow Center
  • expert thumbnail - Stanovaya
    Tatiana Stanovaya
    Nonresident Scholar
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Tatiana Stanovaya is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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