The Reality of Russian Politics

Welcome

R. Politik is an independent analysis project on contemporary Russian politics.

Our mission is to explain Russian politics to English speakers who need to understand one of the world’s biggest most important countries. Whether you are an analyst, academic, diplomats or executive, we want R.Politik to be your essential guide to navigating Russia’s business and political environments. With no ties to the Russian government, ourreliable, source-based insight strives to shed new light on all aspects of domestic and foreign policy — from Kremlin infighting, power games in Syria, or complex patronage networks.

Tatiana Stanovaya

R.Politik was founded in 2018 by Tatiana Stanovaya as a platform to shed much needed light on the inner workings of Russian foreign and domestic politics. Our analysis focuses on elite infighting, the mechanisms of decision-making at the federal and regional levels, and explaining the logic behind key political firings and appointments.

The name ‘R.Politik’ was chosen to exemplify our engagement with political reality, rather than lazy speculation or polemics. Our name is also a reference to Realpolitik: like this German political tradition, our analysis strives to be free of ideology and personal prejudice.

We are a fiercely independent organisation and do not an advocate for any individuals within the Russian political establishment. We do not pass judgement — our sole aim is to explain.

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In Russia’s Far East, a New Face of Resistance to Putin’s Reign As the protests swell in the city of Khabarovsk, 4,000 miles from Moscow,

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Tens of thousands rally in Belarus despite pre-election crackdown Tatiana Kalinovskay AFP•July 30, 2020 Some analysts suggested the arrest of the Russians gave Lukashenko an

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Kremlin accused of losing its touch as protests put Putin on back foot Rallies over regional governor’s arrest leave Moscow looking unusually indecisive, say analysts

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The bulletin is our flagship product. It looks in detail at recent developments in Russian politics, long-term trends and who is up and who is down. It is issued every second and fourth Tuesday of the month to our subscribers.

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Risks Rise For Nord Stream 2
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Countering The Protests In Khabarovsk
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Russia Wants to Win The Coronavirus Vaccine Race

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Constitutional Plebiscite: Triumph Or Warning?
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High-Profile Criminal Cases
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Pressure On Non-Systemic Opposition And Journalists

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Devastating Oil Spill In The Russian Arctic
Telegram ‘Relegalised’ After Reshuffle
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Platoshkin Arrest: Kremlin VS Communists?
Spy Dramas And Geopolitics
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Build-Up To Belarus Presidential Election