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Foreign affairs

Russian opposition activist warns of possible use of force against election protests

Daniil Konstantinov, a Russian opposition activist who has been granted asylum in Lithuania, warns that Russia‘s authorities and special services are preparing for mass protests. […]

Vladimir Putin
Opinion

Upcoming presidential election in Russia and Putin 4.0 System

The Russian presidential election will take place in a month, but the winner is already clear. The only candidate capable of receiving wider support from voters, Alexey Navalny, has been banned from registering as a candidate due to his criminal record, stemming from a fraud conviction he views as illegitimate. Accordingly, the question now is not about what kind of elections these will be, but what they will mean for Vladimir Putin’s fourth term. In other words, what will the Putin 4.0 system look like? What challenges will it face? […]

Detention of Navalny
CORPORATE

Our Eastern neighbours in their wellies show us how far we’ve come

Over the two days of this weekend we got to see how our Eastern neighbours are living and how far we’ve come from them. And we are gaining distance at a rapid pace. Those participating […]

Nemtsov picture at a missive protest in the streets of Moscow
Uncategorized

Apathy of Russian society: can the youth change it?

The results of the elections to the Russian Duma, which took place on 18th September, showed that voters have an apathetic attitude towards the situation in the country, and do not cultivate any warm feelings for the ruling United Russia Party. President Vladimir Putin‘s party secured a win, yet voter activity reached a record low especially in the capital Moscow, where voter turnout was less than 35% (actually believed to be even lower). The elections unfortunately indicate something else – that the opposition has completely lost its connection with wider society. Not one credible critic of the Kremlin made it into the Duma. Neither representatives of the opposition nor civil society activists have hitherto managed to unite and mobilise the disillusioned against the kleptocracy. […]

March in Moscow
Uncategorized

Putin’s Russia. The situation is gradually changing

The Russian parliamentary (Duma) elections on September 18 do not promise any major changes. Opinion polls and the general atmosphere show that the country will continue to be led by the United Russia party which is affiliated with Vladimir Putin, while establishment opposition parties will support stability. Regardless, these elections will be significant in understanding the future of the long term, but little understood system of Vladimir Putin’s that has been in place for sixteen years. There are indicators suggesting that the role of the real opposition, despite its fragmentation, is gradually changing. Considering the delicate socioeconomic situation of the country and the presidential elections which are two years away, this makes for certain indications for the future. Thus what role does the opposition perform in the contemporary Russia? […]

Alexei Navalny
Uncategorized

Kremlin rejects reports of banning state officials to mention Navalny’s name

The Kremlin has not set any rules or issued any oral recommendations prohibiting state officials or the heads of state companies to mention the name of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. […]