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.

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.


The Eurasia Center’s mission is to promote policies that strengthen stability, democratic values, and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe in the West to the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia in the East.