After two decades under Vladimir Putin’s rule, Russians are taking to the streets in growing numbers to voice their opposition to the Kremlin and its increasingly unpopular policies. Russian youth now stand out as some of the loudest voices calling the Kremlin to account. As authorities have attempted to control, distract, and repress this wave of youth activism, a new generation of Russians is finding its footing on the streets in protests and demanding an end to harmful Kremlin policies.
Despite the momentum gained from a summer of protest, Russian opposition groups continue to face serious challenges, which they will have to overcome before they achieve long-term success in Russia’s tightly controlled politics.
The authors of the paper, Dr. Olga Khostunova and Ms. Ksenia Kirillova, discuss their research and the implications with Ambassador John Herbst and Dr. Maria Snegovaya.
The Kremlin and the Russian people
Russia was the dominant republic in the former Soviet Union and took tentative steps toward an open society and market economy in the 1990s. But during the early 2000s, under leader Vladimir Putin, its direction changed. At the end of the 1990s, this quasi-democracy pivoted to an authoritarian direction.
Thu, Mar 18, 2021
Moscow police raided a conference of independent municipal lawmakers on March 13 in a move that marks an escalation in the Kremlin crackdown on political opposition ahead of September elections.
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Moscow sees its space future with China and not the United States, further underscoring its growing strategic alignment with Beijing. The Biden administration must reflect on how the latest Sino-Russian collaboration should be factored into its emerging approach to Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe
Tue, Feb 16, 2021
Putin the Poisoner: Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a poisonous approach to international politics in a bid to defend his own authoritarian regime by dividing, discrediting, and destabilizing the democratic world.
UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson
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