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 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, Dec 19, 2019
The Russian economy is facing stagnation and domestic discontent is on the rise, but the strengths of Putin’s authoritarian system mean Ukrainians should not expect a repeat of their own Maidan movement in Moscow anytime soon.
The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.