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.
UkraineAlert Sep 20, 2021
Why we must not recognize Russia’s fraudulent election
Russia’s parliamentary elections failed to meet even the most basic democratic standards and served to illustrate the country’s slide into dictatorship under Vladimir Putin, says Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko
New Atlanticist Sep 17, 2021
How Russia made Apple and Google complicit in its internet crackdown
By Dylan Myles-Primakoff, Justin Sherman
Just as voting opened in Russia, Apple and Google deleted an app from their stores published by Alexei Navalny’s team designed to deliver candidate recommendations. Here’s why that signals an international problem.
UkraineAlert Sep 16, 2021
America must lead the international response to Russia’s human rights crisis
By Dave Elseroad
US President Joe Biden took an important step in Geneva towards supporting Russian human rights defenders. America must now follow this up with concrete action to punish Moscow’s abuses.
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