Putin has sought to improve the apparent transparency of the electoral process while simultaneously strengthening the chance of a United Russia win. But pulling the election date forward delivers a short term benefit at the expense of longer term risk.
ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow
Nikolay Petrov was a visiting fellow at ECFR in 2016.
The current trajectory of the Russian regime is unstable and without dramatic change it will crumble within the next year
From the information available, the National Guard seems an awful lot like an “FSB-2”, but this time it is even more serious and powerful than its predecessor under Cherkesov
Kadyrov’s positioning of himself as a federal or even international leader, reflects his ambitions to play greater role in the future of Russia
Putin’s presidential address was long on anti-Turkish rhetoric and promises, but short on solutions to Russia’s economic woes