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

Main headlines:
EVENTS
The Kremlin Goes Public With ‘Nuclear Doctrine’
ACTORS
Vedomosti Sold — Again
New Appointment In Arctic Policymaking
PROCESSES   
How Russia Decided It Defeated The Pandemic
Build-Up To The Ballot

Main headlines:
EVENTS
New Kremlin Initiatives To Manage Elections
ACTORS
Sechin’s Resurgence
Power Grid Wars: How Putin’s Friends Fought For Assets But Gave Way To A Young Technocrat
PROCESSES   
Coronavirus And The Power Vertical