Category: Politics Monthly

Putin’s Visit to Uzbekistan

President Putin’s third foreign visit, following those to China and Belarus, was to Uzbekistan. The choice was aimed at sending a message, to both the West and China, of the importance of Central Asia to Russia.

Putin’s Inauguration: Will There be Government Changes?

The Russian Constitution requires the government to resign after a new president is sworn in. This will happen after President Putin’s inauguration today. There is, as usual, plenty of speculation about changes but President Putin is expected to ask the current team to stay on as acting ministers.

Eurasia Politics Monthly – April 2023

The elections to the Mazhilis proceeded without protests and received a generally clean bill of health from observers. No true opposition parties were allowed to participate, although this is possible in the future.

Eurasia Politics Monthly – March 2023

It has been widely reported that President Xi will visit Moscow “soon” and possibly during the week of March 20th. China has published a 12-point plan to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine and to move to a peace process.

2023 Russia Outlook: Life in a Very Cold Climate

The conflict changes the model. President Putin’s announcement in February 2022 of what he refers to as a “Special Military Operation” (SMO), marked a fundamental shift in how Russian domestic politics works, with rippling effects throughout the Eurasia region.

Russia & Eurasia Politics Monthly October 2022

The monthly polls by the Levada Center reported a tangible fall in support for President Putin, the Russian government, and the special military operation (SMO) in Ukraine. This decline followed the announcement of partial mobilization on September 21st.

Russia Politics Monthly September 2022

The monthly polls by Levada Center show that 83% of respondents approve of Vladimir Putin’s actions as President and 76% support the special military operation (SMO) in Ukraine. Both have been unchanged for months, reflecting the fact that politics is dominated by a single issue, and opinion on this has not changed much.

Russia Politics Monthly August 2022

The monthly polls by the Levada Center show that 83% of respondents approve of Vladimir Putin’s actions as President and 76% support the special military operation (SMO) in Ukraine. These numbers were unchanged in July, and have been very stable since, despite the worsening performance of the economy since then.

Russia Politics Monthly July 2022

The monthly polls by Levada Center show that 83% of respondents approve of Vladimir Putin’s actions as President and 75% support the military action in Ukraine. These numbers have been stable since March.

Russia Politics Monthly June 2022

The taking of Mariupol was widely covered in the mainstream Russian media as a major step forward. The domestic political rhetoric has fully shifted to describing the military operation as being intended to free Donbas.

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