December 24, 2018

Analytical bulletin #17 (18) 2018

Dear Readers,

We would like to present to you the next issue of the Bulletin #17 (18) 2018 «REALITY OF RUSSIAN POLITICS».

As a one-off, today’s bulletin will be free to view without a subscription.

Table of contents 

EVENTS

The United Russia party congress: attempts to adapt to political risks, plus personnel games by Sergey Kiriyenko and Andrey Turchak

The formation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and the Kremlin’s preparations for an “Orthodox war”

ACTORS

Oleg Kozhemyako, Primorye’s new governor: a “costly” victory amid growing competition between Moscow’s Chinese and Japanese geopolitical directions

PROCESSES

Increasing activity within Russia’s “conservatives,” and two emerging Kremlin fronts: one against the excesses of chekist security officials and another against the Kremlin’s critics

The Maria Butina situation: where Alexander Torshin fits in

INDICATORS§ CONTEXT

  • Is Russia preparing to absorb Belarus?
  • The “Nuclear” Elite: Russia’s new siloviki
  • All-Russia People’s Front comes under “technocrat” control
  • Putin’s ratings stabilize
  • Russians support the right to criticize the authorities
  • Growing protest potential
  • Soviet nostalgia as a sign of social insecurity

Due to the extended New Year’s holidays in Russia, the next issue of the bulletin will be published on January 15, not January 8.

I wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Tatiana Stanovaya