Russian Ideology

    • Op-Ed

    Russians Are Getting Sick of Church

    Orthodox Christianity—and Vladimir Putin—are at the center of the country’s newest culture war.

    • Commentary

    Changing the Guard: The End of Russia’s Bodyguards-Turned-Governors

    We are unlikely to see any more Federal Protective Service officers as governors following the resignation of Astrakhan’s acting governor, Sergei Morozov. This doesn’t mean that security service officials will no longer hold high-ranking government positions, but they won’t have the special status afforded by proximity to the president. It no longer suits Putin to have regional leaders hinting at their closeness to him as a method of government: now they must do some work for themselves.

    • Commentary

    Symbolism and Radicalization: The New Russian Protest

    Russians, once cowed by the potential consequences of taking to the streets, are increasingly willing to protest over nonpolitical and local issues. Having failed to suppress these protests using force, authorities—federal, regional, and local—have resorted to accommodation, offering token concessions and sometimes even meeting protesters’ demands. But they have mistaken the symbolic reasons for these protests for the real drivers of unrest in Russia. In the meantime, protesters will become further radicalized and may eventually become courageous enough to issue overtly political demands.

    • Commentary

    How “Loyalty” Ensnared Russia’s Journalists and Media Owners

    When media outlets and their owners are accountable to the political regime instead of to their audiences, they cannot be both professional and manageable.

    • Op-Ed

    Civil Unrest in Yeltsin’s City

    The confrontations between society and the authorities which are spreading across the country shouldn't be taken lightly.

    • Op-Ed

    Victory Day: Remembering the Fallen or Propaganda for Putin?

    Military pomp is drowning out a meaningful reflection on the horrors of the war.

    • Commentary

    The Split in Russia’s Civil Society

    The wave of landfill protests sweeping Russia is something new on the country’s political map. Fierce and intransigent, they have become a thorn in the side of the authorities—at least at a local level—and demonstrate a new kind of civic activism: one born out of garbage and demolition waste.

    • Commentary

    Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law Will Kill Innovation

    The Kremlin’s domestic policy bloc increasingly tries to run Russia as a corporation. It’s not surprising, therefore, that they have resorted to typical corporate methods in the field of Internet control, electing to use deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which is not employed at a national level anywhere else in the world.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin Should Fear Ukraine’s Russia-Friendly Front-Runner

    The Kremlin will soon wish it were still dealing with a Ukrainian president who so much resembled its own.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin’s Art of the Purge

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nostalgia for the Soviet Union appears unlimited, and he is now resurrecting perhaps its most notorious feature: the purge. Recalling the Stalin era, the recent arrests and imprisonment of numerous regime figures have fueled a pervasive sense of fear among the country’s elites.

Carnegie Experts on
Russian Ideology

  • expert thumbnail - Baunov
    Alexander Baunov
    Senior Fellow
    Editor in Chief of
    Moscow Center
    Baunov is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of
  • expert thumbnail - Gaaze
    Konstantin Gaaze
    Nonresident Scholar
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Konstantin Gaaze is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • 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.
  • expert thumbnail - Movchan
    Andrey Movchan
    Nonresident Scholar
    Economic Policy Program
    Moscow Center
    Movchan is a nonresident scholar in the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • expert thumbnail - Samorukov
    Maxim Samorukov
    Deputy Editor of
    Moscow Center
    Samorukov is deputy editor of
  • expert thumbnail - Trenin
    Dmitri Trenin
    Moscow Center
    Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

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