In the MEDIA

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. 

How Long Will the World’s Most Powerful Leaders Last?

Commentary for Bloomberg

“Putin wants to keep the levers of influence to give him a veto over his successor’s decisions,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst at the R.Politik think tank. “He has to build a system that will maintain the status quo even when he isn’t president—the Putin regime must remain even without Putin.”

Read more

The Russian election and the rise of Putin’s young technocrats

Commentary for Financial Times

“They are focused on strengthening the political institutions,” says Tatyana Stanovaya, director of the analytical department of the Centre for Political Technologies, a Moscow consultancy. Such efforts are very different from enhancing democracy. “The system needs to be rejigged in a way that makes it capable of running on its own, without him but on the track he has determined,” adds Ms Stanovaya.

Read more

Russia's President Putin and Rosneft CEO Sechin attend a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014 in St. Petersburg
The Real Drama In Russia’s Election Comes After The Vote

Commentary for HuffPost

Positions in Putin’s new government may instead fall to a new generation of officials whose ambitions the president can easily control.

“For Putin, it will be much easier to choose young technocrats for government positions instead of trying to persuade some politically strong, experienced figures,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, head of the political analysis organization R.Politik.

As a result, Stanovaya says it’s likely that these younger, less ideological figures who won’t challenge Putin’s authority will enter Russia’s government. Important figures in the Kremlin may then shift to roles more like Sechin’s, using unofficial means of wielding their influence while avoiding the accountability that comes with public office.

Read more

Putin eyes fourth term in polls as opposition cries foul

Commentary for AFP

While the result of the vote was a foregone conclusion, the next six years would be anything but predictable, said Tatyana Stanovaya, an analyst with Moscow’s Center for Political Technologies.

“No one can tell now just how emotional and radical Putin’s actions will be under increasing geopolitical pressure,” she told AFP, adding the role of the military and the security service would increase.

“The regime is inclined to become more closed and tough.”

Read the article

Vladimir Poutine, un nouveau mandat pour quoi faire?

Commentary for Le temps

Bien avant le démarrage de la campagne électorale, les experts ont commencé à s’interroger sur la composition du futur gouvernement. Maintenir l’ultra-loyal Dmitri Medvedev, fusible pour les mesures impopulaires ou en cas de dégradation de la conjoncture économique, ou introduire du sang frais? «Il est plus facile de choisir de jeunes technocrates pour des postes gouvernementaux que de s’échiner à trouver des hommes politiques confirmés et expérimentés», estime la politologue Tatiana Stanovaya, directrice du cabinet d’experts R.Politik…
Quant au modèle politique, tout le monde s’attend à une consolidation de la «verticale du pouvoir». «Le régime tend à se refermer et à se durcir», observe Tatiana Stanovaya, qui souligne l’influence croissante du FSB (ex-KGB). «Ses dirigeants s’affirment comme une nouvelle noblesse. Le FSB s’est mis à influencer fortement les processus législatifs, la politique domestique (le contrôle de l’opposition) et même le développement de l’économie. Nous entrons dans une nouvelle phase: l’influence croissante du FSB sur la vie quotidienne. Un durcissement sera inévitable durant le quatrième mandat de Poutine. Je n’exclus pas l’instauration de mesures limitant la liberté de sortie du territoire.»

Read more

Looking Beyond 2018: Putin and the Technocrats

The 2018 Russian presidential election will be the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s presumed final act as he seeks to ascend to the pantheon of Russia’s great historical figures. But as Putin loses interest in some of the more down-to-earth details of government, the Kremlin is testing new models of technocratic rule in order to sustain the regime.

Read the article

Sure of Re-Election, Putin Barely Appears on Campaign Trail

Commentary for

“It’s a very strange campaign because Putin sees the election as a harmful thing that distracts him from his real task’’ of running the country, said Tatiana Stanovaya, an independent political analyst. “He’s not interested in what voters care about.’’

Struggling with a cold for much of the campaign, Putin attended few election events and, as in previous contests, dodged televised debates with his opponents. Meanwhile, state broadcasters lavished coverage on presidential visits to Russia’s regions.

With two days to go before the vote, the Kremlin Friday announced Putin had already ordered his staff to draft policy decrees covering the next term.

Read the article

Journée noire de la Bourse russe face aux nouvelles sanctions

Commentary for Le Figaro

Pour Tatiana Stanovaya, directrice du groupe d’experts R.Politik, « le Kremlin va chercher en premier à protéger ceux qui, aux yeux de Poutine, apparaissent
comme les piliers du régime, soit le gaz, le pétrole et les banques ». Mais d’un autre côté, la protection s’effectuera sur un principe politique, pour montrer à l’Occident que la pression fait face à une résistance. Une lutte va se dérouler
sur la question de qui a droit à la protection de l’État, car ses ressources financières sont très limitées, tout comme les instruments. « En fin de compte, cela bénéficiera aux Siloviki (dirigeants des structures de sécurité de l’État, NDLR) qui poussent vers une ligne isolationniste », précise Tatiana Stanovaya.

Read the article

Rotating the Elite: The Kremlin’s New Personnel Policy

Whatever changes 2018 and 2024 bring to Russia’s leadership, the broader political system will become increasingly depersonalized, making it—rather than the president—the source of stability.

Read the article

Cookies & Privacy

By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies as explained in our Conditions générales.

Sign up for our emails!

Receive updates and news from R.Politik

Your email is safe with us, we don’t spam.