Russian Ideology


    • Commentary

    Abandoning United Russia Is the Road to Nowhere for the Kremlin

    Rejecting party affiliations at regional elections is a threat to the power vertical. The disgruntled public ask global questions: Why is the retirement age being raised? Why are prices and utility bills increasing, while salaries are not? Is it worth spending so much on Syria, Venezuela, and the arms race? Independent candidates running for governor or regional legislator can answer them easily by saying, “That’s a federal issue for which I’m not responsible, but I’ll try to solve local problems.” As a result, all grievances are automatically redirected to the Kremlin.

    • Op-Ed

    Why Russia Is Making Stalin Great Again

    One of the paradoxes of Putin’s Russia is that the harsher the stance of the current regime, the higher the level of Stalin’s popularity within Putin’s electoral base and the more likely these Russians are to make excuses for the Soviet dictator.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another

    The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.

    • Op-Ed

    Five Years After Crimea, Russia Has Come Full Circle at Great Cost

    The president’s approval rating is once again in decline, and this time he doesn’t have another wildly popular trick hidden up his sleeve.

    • Commentary

    Pragmatic Paternalism: The Russian Public and the Private Sector

    Russians have a dream for their children and their grandchildren of a different environment that is favorable for entrepreneurship and private initiatives. This is where the true interests of Russians and their perceptions about the future diverge radically from the interests and perceptions of the state in which they live.

    • Commentary

    Rapping for the Kremlin: The Regime Hijacks a Youth Subculture

    The Kremlin must win over Russia’s youth, but it does not speak their language, as its dialogue with rappers has demonstrated. Initiated amid a controversial crackdown on rap, the Kremlin’s outreach to rappers has seen it attempt to co-opt an entire youth subculture—to no avail. In the absence of a coherent policy on cultural figures, Russia’s federal agencies, including law enforcement bodies, will continue to prefer the stick to the carrot, impeding any efforts to make peace, let alone ally, with rappers and, by extension, their fans.

    • Op-Ed

    Putin's Public Enemy

    The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

    • Commentary

    The People Vs. the President: United Russia’s Survival Strategy

    The United Russia elite will now be caught between two voters: Vladimir Putin, on whom domestic policy managers are oriented, and ordinary people, who increasingly express their discontent through protest voting. The more efforts the Kremlin makes to turn United Russia into a corporation, the more often United Russia politicians will look to voters, who have already proved quite capable of teaching the regime a lesson.

    • Op-Ed

    What Drives the Russian State

    To understand what makes Putin and his allies act the way they do, you need to look beyond the myths.

    • Commentary

    Do Russians Really Believe Moscow Didn’t Interfere Abroad?

    Most Russians are not ready to publicly recognize their country’s interference in other states’ affairs. But in less formal conversations, far more people allow for the possibility of such interference than polls show. This reflects Russians’ complicated relationship to their country’s political narratives and its standoff with the West.

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 - Stanovaya
    Tatyana Stanovaya
    Nonresident Scholar
    Carnegie Moscow Center
    Tatyana Stanovaya is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
  • 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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