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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.

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Commentary for Le Monde

Vladimir Poutine peut rester à la tête de la Russie jusqu’en 2036

Selon des résultats quasi définitifs, 78 % des électeurs se sont prononcés, lors d’une consultation sur mesure, en faveur de la réforme de la Constitution qui renforce les prérogatives de M. Poutine.

Par Publié le 01 juillet 2020 à 20h53 – Mis à jour le 02 juillet 2020 à 10h22

De là viendrait également le souci de graver dans le marbre constitutionnel ce que le président considère être son héritage politique et idéologique. « Poutine renforce les bases de ce qu’il voit comme “l’Etat poutinien” et remet à plus tard la décision sur son avenir, assure la politiste Tatiana Stanovaya. Cela ne veut pas dire qu’il partira en 2024, mais en attendant il laisse toutes les options ouvertes. Et renforce les pouvoirs présidentiels pour lui-même ou pour son successeur. »

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Commentary for The Moscow Times

‘All We Have Is Putin’: Russians Vote to Grant President Ability to Extend Rule Until 2036

Hours before the polls had even closed, Russia’s election commission released initial results showing a 73% yes vote.

Interview for La

“Vu que le Kremlin purge l’arène politique, les Russes ne voient pas vraiment d’autre choix que Vladimir Poutine”

Abonnés Publié le – Mis à jour le

Tatiana Stanovaya a fondé un site, R.Politik, pour éclairer la réalité politique de son pays. Nous avons interrogé la politologue russe, chercheuse au Centre Carnegie de Moscou, sur les perspectives électorales et présidentielles.


Commentary for AFP

After vote extending his rule, Putin risks era of ‘stagnation’

Commentary for The National Interest
July 3, 2020 Topic: Politics Region: Europe

Will Putin Really Return To The Kremlin in 2024?

President Vladimir Putin now has the legal right to remain in power until 2036, after a large majority of Russians voted in favor of Kremlin-backed constitutional reforms.

“If we look at the substance of these reforms, then the presidency becomes the dominant institution, whereas the new powers granted to parliament are non-critical, peripheral, and in the big picture do not provide it with any leverage,” said Tatyana Stanovaya, founder of political analysis firm R Politik.

Stanovaya noted that in the case of the State Duma approving cabinet ministers, if the lower house fails to confirm the government’s candidates three times, then the president under the new constitution has the right to appoint them himself.

The referendum was originally scheduled for April 22, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the Kremlin to delay the vote. Although Russia initially succeeded in containing the spread of the disease, it later emerged as a global coronavirus hotspot, with 661,165 confirmed infections as of Thursday, according to a real-time database from Johns Hopkins University.


Commentary for The Financial Times

Vladimir Putin nears end-game in drive to revamp constitution

Russian voters offered prizes to vote in ballot that could help president stay at helm until 2036

“Putin didn’t make the [constitutional] changes because he thinks society is disgruntled with his policies but because he wanted to reset the clock and the system, to leave a legacy,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of independent political analyst R. Politik.

“But the Kremlin doesn’t understand the depth of the problems in society. People are tired because they want a different view of the future and what plan there is for the country, and the Kremlin can’t offer them one.”

With discontent high, the Kremlin launched a blizzard of measures that analysts have suggested were aimed at boosting the public mood.
The rush to hold the vote despite the pandemic highlighted the Kremlin’s worries that Mr Putin’s popularity could sink further, Ms Stanovaya said.

“They’re too scared to do it in September or October, never mind December, because who knows what’ll be happening by then,” she said. “The sooner you do it, the less headache and risk there is.”


@stanovaya telegram channel quoted in The Washington Post

Coronavirus live updates June 9, 2020

Moscow’s strict coronavirus lockdown turns lax overnight

The city’s walk schedules and requirements for wearing face masks outside have increasingly been ignored by residents, and Moscow authorities might have been feeling the pressure from small businesses that have been closed since late March with little government aid to sustain them.

But two key upcoming political events might have also pushed officials to lift the lockdown.

Tatiana Stanovaya, director of Moscow political think tank R. Politik, wrote on her Telegram channel that the decision was “rational not in the context of fighting the epidemic, but in the context of preparing for a military parade and a referendum.”

The latter, a week-long vote on constitutional amendments, would enable President Vladimir Putin to seek two more terms in office.


La Revue Internationale

Poutine : profil bas en temps de pandémie

La peur de Moscou explique par ailleurs les données peu fiables du gouvernement sur la pandémie. Les gouverneurs se couvrent, pour ne pas irriter le maitre du Kremlin. Ce dernier, conscient du problème, n’entend pas être passif malgré cette prise de distance. « Poutine avait prévu d’augmenter les minima sociaux juste avant le référendum sur la réforme constitutionnelle », estimait récemment l’analyste Tatiana Stanovaya, présidente du cabinet d’expertise R.Politik. « Il pense toujours pouvoir le faire lorsque la date du scrutin sera connue. Voilà pourquoi il se montre économe. » Mais à l’épreuve de cette crise (on estime la chute d’activité à 28%), on ne peut que toutefois mesurer la timidité de la réponse gouvernementale.
Commentary for The Washington Post

In Russia’s pandemic struggles, even Putin couldn’t speed bonuses to health workers

By Robyn Dixon 

May 27, 2020 at 6:32 p.m. GMT+2

One way to stay under the radar could be to understate cases or deaths, analysts say. With Putin’s promised bonuses, the instinct by regional leaders — ingrained over decades — was to minimize payments, fearing trouble from Moscow if they spent too much or paid people not entitled to bonuses.

Some regional officials have even counted the minutes that medical workers spent with infected patients.

“For Putin it’s a very uncomfortable position,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, director of Moscow political think tank R. Politik. “In fact, he turns out to be dependent on regional governors. Putin asks for something, and the government is not able to implement it in the way Putin intended.”

“For example, in the Caucasus region it’s just a total mess,” she added. “The numbers they give are like a fake, nothing to do with reality. In other regions, they’re not very careful with statistics and with these tests.”

Stanovaya said regional officials interpreted the bonus payment order as narrowly as they could: Regional governors are under pressure to prove they are doing a good job fighting the virus, so they tend to minimize the reported infections.


Commentary for Forbes

Khodorkovsky Warns Putin After Date Is Set For Presidential Power Grab Vote

2 June 2020

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