Dear Readers,

We would like to present to you the next issue of the Bulletin No. 15 (33) 2019 «THE REALITY OF RUSSIAN POLITICS». 

Table of contents 

EVENTS
Regional elections
The Moscow crisis and its impact
The Kremlin’s logic of inertia
Smart Voting – an attempt to channel protest
The case of Khabarovsk Region
Society’s frustrations
ACTORS
Are we entering a new phase in Russia-Ukraine relations?
Vaino, Surkov, Kozak, Medvedchuk: evolution of roles
Arbitration from Macron could help break the deadlock
Prisoner swop
PROCESSES
Moscow’s summer of protest
Security forces in the driving seat (late July/early August)
Elite disagreement (mid-August)
Higher School of Economics: the liberal elite tears itself apart
The surprising intervention of Sergei Chemezov
A crackdown causes elite division
Retreat of the siloviki
Kremlin establishes new rules of the game (early September)
In Brief
(i) State companies compete for budgetary largesse
(ii) Debt timebomb
(iii) United Russia’s rating is falling fast
(iiii) Few believe Western electoral interference allegations
R.Politik recommends
Appendix 1: Provisional Regional Election Results

The next bulletin will be issued on September 24, 2019

Writing and analysis: Tatiana Stanovaya, Howard Amos

Editing: Emily Ferris, Howard Amos

 

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