Russia’s new government shows tensions beneath the surface
It has become clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reelection means another term in office for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government. To some, the lack of new faces shows the regime is headed for a period of inertia and stagnation. This view is understandable, but it is wrong.
Russia without Putin: A first approximation
Vladimir Putin is at the heart of Russia’s political system. But less and less of what is happening in the country depends on his personal vision and volition. The president looks increasingly disengaged, while his policy of confrontation with the West is a dead end. As the first outlines of a post-Putin order come into focus, it scarcely matters whether the president runs for another term. Even if he wins, the new era begins the day after the vote.
Global Outlook 2017: Russia checklist
Russia enters 2017 with a sense of vague disquiet. With presidential elections a year away, not everyone is sure the “main candidate” will be Vladimir Putin. Concern is palpable inside the government and the security apparatus, as interest groups jockey for position.
Global trends: 2016 and 2017 will set Putin’s future
The outlook for Russia this year is more complex and harder to predict than at any point since President Vladimir Putin took power 16 years ago. Mr. Putin has ruthlessly ratcheted up the stakes in his drive to ensure that Russia is once again recognized as a great power with a voice in global affairs that cannot be ignored. The coming 12 to 18 months will be decisi...
The politics behind Russia’s military purge
The replacement of Russia’s defence minister and its top general within days of each other was surrounded by allegations of corruption and a sex scandal. But the real reason for the ousting relates to the games of power behind the scenes; the military leaders attempting to reform the outdated defence forces appear to have been defeated by the supporters of the trad...
Putin’s return to presidency throws Russia’s privatisation plans into doubt
The return to the Russian presidency of Vladimir Putin led some observers to believe that he might adopt the pro-reform and pro-market stance of his first term in office. But leaked plans for a state-run corporation controlling a huge area of the country demonstrate that he remains an essential statist and threaten the proposed privatisation of banking, transport ...
Russia presidential elections: Ex-Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin aims for fairness and moderation
Aleksei Kudrin, Russia’s globally-applauded former finance minister and a key ally to Vladimir Putin has joined protesters in their concerns alleging rigged parliamentary elections in December 2011. But his links to the waning popularity of Prime Minister Putin may play against him as he carves a role for himself as an independent politician. In Day 5 of the 10-da...
Geopolitics: Guessing game over Russian elections
The starting gun for the Russian election season has been fired and already people are trying to predict the outcome. Who will be victorious in the power game between President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and where do they differ on policy. GIS expert Dr Sergei Guriev examines the issues in this special report from Russia. ...