EVENTS
The United Russia party congress
The formation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
MAIN ACTORS
Oleg Kozhemyako, Primorye’s new governor
PROCESSES
Increasing activity within Russia’s “conservatives”
The Maria Butina situation

EVENTS
The Kerch incident – Putin’s motives and the Kremlin’s fears
MAIN ACTORS
Sergei Kiriyenko – growing political influence
Andrei Fursenko and the ‘science vertical’
PROCESSES
Irritation to the relationship between Russia and the West
The Kremlin protects rappers and Sokurov, but closes its eyes to the sentencing of Ponomaryov

EVENTS
Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe meet in Singapore: Is Russia ready to hand over the disputed Kuril Islands?
MAIN ACTORS
GRU chief Igor Korobov died. Who is his successor?
Metropolitan Tikhon’s influence is on the increase.
Khakassia’s new governor. How will the Kremlin manage opposition-minded regions?
Aleksei Navalny creates more problems.

PROCESSES
The ‘influence centres’ of Russia’s Arctic policy

EVENTS
The Russian Government versus Oil Companies

MAIN ACTORS
United Aircraft Corporation to Be Merged into Rostec.
Yandex at Risk of “Neutralization”.
New Presidential Envoy to Northwestern Federal District Appointed.
New Zabaykalsky Krai Governor Appointed.

PROCESSES
Growing Internal Discussion of Putin-Trump Dialogue: should Vladimir Putin take a pause?

EVENTS
Orthodoxy Split: internal ideological conflicts within the Russian Orthodox Church, its relations with the State, and the vulnerability of Patriarch Kirill’s position.

MAIN ACTORS
The Magomedov Brothers.
New regional governors

PROCESSES
The exposure of Russian GRU agents and its potential political ramifications.
Political protests in Ingushetia.

EVENTS
Syria: Il-20 shot down and S-300 missile system delivered

MAIN ACTORS
Permutations in the Presidential administration
New regional governors

PROCESSES
Decriminalization of Article 282 of the Criminal Code

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?

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