Former Senior Lecturer at the Higher School of Economics talks about the reasons why opposition-minded instructors were recently fired from the university. He also offers his views on the power of solidarity and long-overdue reforms in Russia’s system of higher education.
Ekaterina Schulman is a political scientist and Assistance Professor at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences. In an interview for ReForum, she discusses the recent protests in Belarus and what the unrest might mean for Russia.
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.
Gregory Melkonyants is co-chairman of Golos, an independent election watchdog. In an interview with ReForum, Melkonyants talks about the biggest risks of new election law, increasing restrictions on election legislation, and what Russia needs in order to hold fair elections.
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.
Medical research and development are in the center of everyone’s attention nowadays, and that includes politicians. This inevitably means that science becomes a subject of dangerous compromises.
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.
To understand how Russia’s political path resembles its Central Asian neighbors, Yana Gorokhovkaya, Ph.D. in political science, spoke to Professor Edward Lemon a DMGS-Kennan Institute Fellow at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School and expert on authoritarian governance and security in Eurasia.
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 […]
Anna Shadrina, sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London spoke with ReForum about the particular role of women in Russian society.
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.
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.