Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions

    • Carnegie.ru 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.

    • Carnegie.ru 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.

    • Commentary

    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.

    • Carnegie.ru 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.

    • Commentary

    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.

    • Commentary

    How Igor Sechin Was Interrupted Midflight

    Reuters was right to publish information showing that Rosneft head Igor Sechin repeatedly used corporate aircraft for personal purposes.

    • Carnegie.ru 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.

    • Commentary

    Civil Unrest in Yeltsin’s City

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

    • Commentary

    Victory Day: Remembering the Fallen or Propaganda for Putin?

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

    • Carnegie.ru 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.

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