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Civil Society in Khabarovsk

Political scientist Alexander Kynev offers his views on the recent protests in Khabarovsk. He discusses how protesters are organizing themselves, the government’s inability to communicate with its citizens, and the political consequences awaiting LDPR and Moscow in Russia’s Far East.

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Healthcare Reform, Demographic Trends, and COVID-19 In Russia: A Conversation With Professor Judyth Twigg

Dr. Twigg is a professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University who specialized in public health reform in post-socialist states. Yana Gorokhovskaia talked to Prof. Twigg about the success of Russia’s healthcare reform, the reliability of Russia’s recorded COVID-19 deaths, and how political conservatism has impacted the health of vulnerable populations.

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Russia’s Changing Attitudes Towards Feminists, LGBT, and Vladimir Putin: A Conversation With Denis Volkov

Denis Volkov is the assistant director of the Levada Center, an independent pollster. In an interview with ReForum, Volkov explains how feminists, terrorists, and pedophiles ended up together in a recent survey. He also discusses what Russians think about domestic violence, the current government, and what issues have the potential to unify the country.

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Sergey Guriev: “Regions Should Have More Money and More Powers”

Will Russia become a democratic and thriving country in our lifetime? In an interview with ReForum, economist Sergei Guriev discusses federalism, sustainable democracy, and models of government. Guriev is a Professor of Economics at the Instituts d’études politiques in Paris, former chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and former Rector at […]

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Opinions

Liberation From Monopolies as a Key to a Free Country

When we are discussing the contours of some concrete reforms in future democratic Russia, most often we are talking about the restructuring of the autocratic institutions, the strengthening of the role of the parliament, local self-government, ensuring actual independence of the courts, and measures to fight against corruption.

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How Should Russia Get Out of the Historical Rut

I would like to call the second decade of the 21st century “the time lost” for Russia, the period in which the opportunities gained in the previous years were lost. More importantly, many of the achievements in political and social modernization, that were reached in the nineties and the zero years, either rolled back into oblivion on their own or were canceled out leveled by the policies of Vladimir Putin.