Several months after the presidential elections in Russia, Putin’s approval ratings have declined significantly. The unpopular pension reform along with a number of new proposed taxes have caused growing frustrations among the Russian population. Regional gubernatorial races that were expected to be easy wins for the ruling United Russia party instead resulted in the number of unexpected victories of alternative political forces.
The Kremlin and the Russian people
Russia was the dominant republic in the former Soviet Union and took clear and tentative steps toward an open society and market economy in the 1990s. But during the early 2000s, under leader Vladimir Putin, its direction changed in the late-90s, pivoting to a quasi-democracy to an authoritarian direction.
Thu, Feb 21, 2019
A new Atlantic Council report shows the changing motivations of those who are leaving Russia.
Mon, Aug 5, 2019
Muddied signals, weak sanctions, and uncertain rollout are no way to respond to Putin’s continuing misdeeds.
New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried, Brian O’Toole, and David Mortlock
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Under President Vladimir Putin, lawlessness has taken over the Russian state, including its law enforcement branch. Putin’s system and its proxies are exploiting both the domestic and international legal system to their own benefits. In the latest issue brief from the Atlantic Council and the Eurasia Center, “Russia’s Interference in the US Judiciary,” Anders Aslund […]
Report by Anders Åslund
At this event, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and the Free Russia Foundation host Mark Feygin, former attorney for Pussy Riot and Nadya Savchenko; Maria Snegovaya, adjunct fellow, Center for European Policy and Analysis; research associate, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland; and Ivan Tyutrin, member, Forum of Free Russia for a discussion on the state of Russia’s current domestic politics. The panel discussion is moderated by Ambassador John Herbst, director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council.