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.

R.Politik’s flagship product is its bi-monthly bulletin, which drills down on the workings of Russian government and provides a solid base for political forecasting. While analysing both recent events and broader trends, the bulletin focuses on the following topics: 

  • Infighting among the political elite
  • Geopolitics, foreign policy & ‘active measures’
  • Energy policy & elite engagement in the energy sector
  • The internal dynamics of the military and the security services
  • Putin’s personal priorities
  • The interplay of economic & social issues with domestic policy
  • Significant criminal cases & their political ramifications
  • Elections, approval ratings & key sociological data
  • Economic & political developments in the Arctic
  • Domestic policy ‘overseers’ in the Kremlin & the opposition
  • The ‘2024 problem’ confronting Putin and the elite
  • Major political parties (the Communist Party, the Liberal Democrat Party & Just Russia)
  • The politics of appointments at the leading state-owned companies

While the bulletin is our main focus, R.Politik is also looking at expanding into consulting and the provision of client-tailored analysis.