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As the Russian economy moves further into recession, the Kremlin is looking ahead to next year’s parliamentary elections with mounting concern. It fears that growing economic hardship will cause people to turn against the government. Last month’s regional elections showed just how far the authorities are willing to go to prevent the remnants of Russia’s political o...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The massive inflow of petrodollars is allowing Russia to project a profile of wealth and economic stability. But under the gloss is a fabric of decay in the form of rustbelt towns, single-industry towns which are now productively redundant yet home to millions of under or unemployed. What is to become of them, asks Professor Stefan Hedlund?