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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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.

Main headlines:
EVENTS
First Steps and First Tests For The New Government
ACTORS
Replacing Chaika: Siloviki Wars & The FSB
Chuvash Governor In Humiliating Dismissal
An Oppositional Bureaucrat as Perm Governor?
PROCESSES
Kremlin Concessions: Shrewd Politics, Not A Policy Shift
Putin Bets On Attrition In Belarus Talks

Main headlines:
EVENTS
Entering A New Political Era
Constitutional Reform: How It Was Drawn Up & How It will Be Implemented
ACTORS
Mishustin: Strong Technocrat With Carte Blanche
How will Surkov’s exit change policy?
PROCESSES
Future Of The Government & United Russia