EVENTS
Gubernatorial elections: how the Kremlin lost campaigns and what influence the conflicts among the elite had on the defeats of candidates from the ruling party

MAIN ACTORS
Victor Zolotov against Alexei Navalny: what’s going on with Rosgvardia?
Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov’s interview: what is the point of Vladimir Putin’s strange admissions?

PROCESSES
Political consequences of the protest vote: beginning of a new phase in the transformation of the regime

EVENTS
Murder of Alexander Zakharchenko and the new acting head Denis Pushilin: how has this affected competition between the overseers of Donbass in Russia?

MAIN ACTORS
Change in the Presidential Envoy in the Volga Federal District: the overly independent Mikhail Babich escorted out of the region and a compromise among the elite in the person of Igor Komarov.

PROCESSES
Russia prepares for new sanctions from the US: how Vladimir Putin is navigating among the centers of influence on Russian foreign policy.
Rising influence of the Presidential Administration on the government: the Cabinet of Ministers is falling into place under Anton Vaino, Sergei Kirienko and Dmitry Shalkov. Where has Dmitry Medvedev gone?

EVENTS
Russia-US summit in Helsinki: what did the Russian leader propose?

MAIN ACTORS
Sergei Kirienko – Hero of Russia. How receiving the highest honor provoked an attack of political opponents.
Dmitry Peskov’s nomination: how power among the groups of influence in charge of digitization of Russia’s economy will be distributed.

PROCESSES
Escalation of tension surrounding Vyacheslav Volodin: the elite’s resistance to the pension reform crystallizes, as Putin remains absent from the debate.

EVENTS
Karine Tsurkan’s Arrest.
Igor Sechin takes a hit.

MAIN ACTORS
New Figures in the Presidential Administration. Who is Alexander Matovnikov?

PROCESSES
Preparations for the Meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump: how Putin is preparing to play at give-away.

EVENTS
Raising of the retirement age in Russia.
How the Kremlin is trying to contain risks against a backdrop of substantive shifts in the collective consciousness.

MAIN ACTORS
Staffing decisions for the Presidential administration: who are the two more nominations from the special services and when will Vladislav Surkov and Yury Ushakov be fired?

PROCESSES
Strengthening of Sergei Kirienko’s positions: the overseer of domestic policy “has set the profit” after Vladimir Putin’s successfully conducted electoral campaign.

EVENTS
Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Russia.
How the Kremlin perceives the French leader and why the topic of Gazprom splitting up could become relevant.

MAIN ACTORS
Ministers of the new government: who’s behind all of this?

PROCESSES
Weakening of the “system liberals”: political threats to German Gref and Alexei Kudrin.

EVENTS
Appointment of Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister.
What is happening between Putin and Medvedev, and what fate awaits Alexei Kudrin.

MAIN ACTORS
Dmitry Medvedev’s Deputies in the Future Government: the reasoning behind the nominations and the influence of corporate special interest groups.

PROCESSES
US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran: Moscow’s attempts to set up a multifaceted game and seize windows of opportunity.

EVENTS
Russia’s perspective on the events in Armenia
Why did the Kremlin accept Serge Sargsyan’s resignation so easily, and on whom was Moscow really counting in the power struggle among the Armenian elite? What was the point of Sergei Naryshkin’s trip to Baku on the 24th of April?

MAIN ACTORS
The blocking of Telegram Messenger and the principal special interest groups concerned: the conflicting interests of the FSB, Igor Shchegolev’s group, Nikolai Patrushev, Sergei Kirienko, Sergei Chemezov and others.

PROCESSES
Lead-up to the cabinet reshuffle: who will be the Prime Minister and what are the key intrigues regarding the prominent positions?

EVENTS
Air strikes against Syria: how the Kremlin was getting ready.

MAIN ACTORS
Oleg Deripaska. Should he expect Putin coming to rescue?
Sergey Chemezov. Trying not to lose from countersanctions, while winning from getting close to the FSB.

PROCESSES
Countersanctions: political games involving Medvedev, Volodin, Kirienko, Chemezov, and Kudrin.

EVENTS
The Kemerovo fire. What impact it will have on the FSB’s growing role?
MAIN ACTORS
ZiawudinMagomedovand the “Summa” group.
Aman Tuleyev and the new Kemerovo governor Sergei Tsivilyov
PROCESSES
The number of local points of protests in Russia is growing.

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