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R.Politik CEO and founder, Tatiana Stanovaya, is regularly quoted by major Russian and international media outlets. She is available for commentary in Russian and English.

All articles published by Tatiana Stanovaya and R.Politik’s other editors and analysts will be included here. 

Comment for The Guardian

Biden’s world: how key countries have reacted to the president’s first 100 day

in Moscow

The White House’s carrot-and-stick strategy has confused some Russian commentators and created a debate in the Kremlin about whether to write off the Biden presidency or seek to engage with him.

“It seems to me that the second line has won and the Kremlin is actively working to get ready for this meeting [between Biden and Putin],” said Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst and founder of R.Politik. “Putin seems set on not missing a chance to speak with the US president about mutual interests, even though his retinue seems to be far more hawkish. Because the anti-American rhetoric seems to be fuelling itself at this point.”


Comment for ABC News

How Putin keeps his grip over Russia, even with support waning

How much of a challenge does Alexey Navalny pose to the Russian leader?

Comment for ECFR

The invisible battle for Russia’s future

There are homegrown democrats in Russia who do not automatically sympathise with the West. They could lead the country to change from the top.

Kadri Liik
Senior Policy Fellow, 
At times, some anti-Western statements by pro-democracy Russians may also include a dose of political positioning. “It is disillusionment with the West as well as an attempt to accommodate oneself in Russia’s domestic political system,” the Paris-based analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, who coined the term “anti-Western liberals” in reference to the recent statements by the theatre director Konstantin Bogomolov and politician Grigory Yavlinsky, explained to me in recent emails. “The problem is that to think liberally, in Russia that automatically means to be in favour of the West. But that is dangerous – you identify with the enemy and share his values.”
Comment for The Sunday Times

Navalny supporters say being ruled ‘extremists’ won’t deter them

Putin applies to court to have opposition movement outlawed

Putin may have the power to outlaw Navalny’s movement, but he will find it almost impossible to stamp out dissent, said Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst. “It won’t kill the movement.”

According to an opinion poll published on Friday by the independent Levada Centre think tank, 52% of Russians are concerned about a return to the kind of mass political repression that took place under Soviet rule. Some Navalny activists already have fled to Europe to avoid arrest.


Reference to the Telegram-channel

“People are scared”: Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on the Russian opposition

Russia’s latest wave of arrests and media restrictions signals a new willingness to repress opposition ahead of September’s legislative elections.

The designation, under which Meduza editors must preface every public statement with an acknowledgement of its status or risk prison, could have been designed to kill the site. For the hardliners and security service veterans now widely believed to be on the rise within the Kremlin, that was the whole point, wrote Tatiana Stanovaya, a well-connected political analyst on the messenger app Telegram.

Meduza was only the biggest victim of the new normal, however. Earlier in April, four journalists at the student newspaper Doxawere arrested and charged over making a video in support of student protesters. On 29 April, an ally of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for reposting a music video by the German metal group Rammstein in 2014.


Comment for CBC

As Russia’s confrontation with the West escalates, so has its crackdown on dissent at home

Russian authorities toughen repression against perceived enemies within the country

Comment for The New York Times

Putin says nations that threaten Russia’s security will ‘regret their deeds.’

Still, it was too early to tell whether Mr. Putin, 68, was pulling back from the brink. Now in his third decade in power, he appears more convinced than ever of his special, historic role as the father of a reborn Russian nation, fighting at home and abroad against a craven, hypocritical, morally decaying West.

“This sense of superiority mixed with arrogance gives him a feeling of power, and this is dangerous,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, a Russian analyst who has studied Mr. Putin for years. “When you think you are more powerful and more wise than everyone else around you, you think you have a certain historical mandate for more wide-ranging action.”


Comment for The Wall Street Journal

Jailed Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny Ends Hunger Strike

Opposition leader says doctors advised him to end the hunger strike because it was threatening his life

Calls from Mr. Navalny’s medical team for him to end his fast, combined with the authorities’ willingness for him to see independent doctors, offered a way for the Kremlin and Mr. Navalny’s supporters to step back from a worsening confrontation. Many of the dissident’s backers have accused Mr. Putin of trying to have Mr. Navalny killed, a charge the Kremlin has denied.

“It was a way to save face for everyone,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of R.Politik, an independent political analysis firm in Moscow. “For Navalny he needed a respectful reason to stop the hunger strike and from my point of view, the Kremlin and Putin himself, as a pragmatic leader, don’t want to worsen the situation artificially.”

The stalemate between the Kremlin and its most effective and persistent critic is unlikely to end, however, not while Mr. Navalny remains incarcerated, other analysts said.


Comment for BBC

Why many in Russia are reluctant to have Sputnik vaccine

By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Moscow, Published

The RDIF says it will supply foreign markets from plants abroad, not with doses meant for Russians, but it has given no details yet, nor a timetable.

“For Putin, creating the vaccine was a way to prove to the world that Russia is a developed, major country able to achieve great success in spheres which demand a lot of skill and technology,” Tatiana Stanovaya of the R.Politik analysis firm argues.

But EU-wide approval of Sputnik remains a difficult goal as a result.

“When you decide to buy the Russian vaccine, it seems like you invest in or approve of the achievements of Putin’s regime or Putin himself,” she says.


Comment for The Financial Times

The brutal third act of Vladimir Putin

After eras of prosperity and patriotism, Russia’s president is now ramping up repression to hold on to power


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