Bulletin No. 3 (43) 2020 

Summary: how the constitutional reforms will work; who’s who in Mikhail Mishustin’s government; the consequences of Vladislav Surkov’s emotional exit; and the new importance of relations between the Kremlin and United Russia

Table of contents 

EVENTS 
Entering A New Political Era
    How The Revamped Constitution Will Work 
    Why The Regime Will Become More Conservative 
Constitutional Reform: How It Was Drawn Up & How It Will Be Implemented
    From Concept To Law 
    Formal Procedure 
    Searching For Popular Legitimacy
    What Went Wrong? 
ACTORS 
Mishustin: Strong Technocrat With Carte Blanche
    Medvedev’s Weaknesses & Mishustin’s Strengths 
    Mishustin’s Cabinet 
    Belousov Is The Second-In-Command 
    Mishustin’s Team 
    Putin’s Appointees 
    Sobyanin’s Growing Influence? 
    Flexible & Versatile Yes-men 
How Will Surkov’s Exit Change Policy?
PROCESSES 
Future Of The Government & United Russia
    The Government Will Focus On Spending 
    United Russia: Between The Kremlin & The Government 
In Brief 
    (i) Debts Written Off For Defence Contractors
    (ii)  Putin’s Address Seen ‘Positively’ By 73% Of Russians
    (iii) More State Money By Cancelling Tax Breaks?
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The next bulletin will be issued on 11 February.

Writing and analysis: Tatiana Stanovaya, Howard Amos

Editing: Howard Amos, Ben Tavener

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