Russian Ideology


Russian Truckers Shout, the State is Silent

Truck drivers have staged the biggest anti-government protest in Russia since 2012. But the logic of their discontent is one they are so far unprepared to accept: that the whole political system is at fault.

Where Does the Truck Stop? Russia’s New Social Protests

The strikes by Russian truckers are a new challenge for the Kremlin and represent a breach of the government’s social contract with its citizens. But the regime has learned how to deal with these protests and how to stop them from becoming politicized.

Frozen Russia

Russian consumers are increasingly unhappy, but their discontent is being frozen in depression rather than manifested in social protest.

Chronicling a Catastrophe: The Nobel Prize and Svetlana Alexievich

  • Konstantin Milchin
The award of the world's most prestigious literary prize to Svetlana Alexievich is a seal of approval for her genre of polyphonic non-fiction and her insights into the catastrophes of the Soviet era.

Do Russians Support Putin’s War in Syria?

Little more than a week into Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, new evidence has emerged about the Russian public’s attitudes towards Putin’s latest military intervention.

Re-defining Yalta: Putin at the UN

Putin is laying claim to the legacy of the 1945 Yalta conference. But Russia's attempts to rewrite history to justify its current policies are not working.

Lessons For Russia’s Future From Argentina’s Past

The parallels between the late Soviet era and contemporary Russia are indeed striking. But is this analogy applicable? Not entirely. To assess Russia’s future we should look not to its own recent history, but to the developments in countries that experienced similar transitions.

Putin’s Rhetorical Call to Arms

Vladimir Putin is making a bid to regain global respectability by leading a fight against ISIS and evoking the anti-Hitler coalition of World War II. The West is yet to be convinced that the appeal to be “brothers-in-arms” is serious.

The Battle For Crimea Part 2

A new Ukrainian campaign to blockade Crimea is a gift for the Kremlin as it tries to distract the public’s attention away from the major challenges facing the peninsula and the questionable actions being undertaken by the Russian government against its population.

Problem-2018 or Putin’s Dilemma

As the Russian economy declines, Vladimir Putin faces a classic choice between greater freedom and more repression
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