Posts by Maria Snegovaya

Maria Snegovaya 09-15-2020
(Monkey Cage) Russians don’t like military adventures in bad economic times, my research finds. Yesterday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi to discuss closer integration. The ongoing political unrest in Belarus — a small country that is politically close to Russia and borders it on its west — has led some observers to speculate Putin might intervene militarily to prevent Belarus’s government...
Maria Snegovaya 09-10-2020
(Newsweek) he poisoning of Alexey Navalny seems to confirm any concerned observer's worst suspicions: Vladimir Putin's regime is transforming into a new, more repressive type of dictatorship than before. This transformation is manifest in an intensified wave of repression against opposition politicians and opinion leaders, unprecedented even by modern Russia's own standards, as well as in recently introduced legislation that amounts to worst electoral...
Maria Snegovaya 06-08-2020
(FP) The coronavirus pandemic has created problems for countries around the world, but it seems it may hurt Russia in particular, creating new and complicated challenges for President Vladimir Putin. Findings from a new study conducted with the independent survey company Levada Center show that the conditions created by the pandemic have seriously undermined the Kremlin’s ability to deliver economic growth and public goods—two key historical bulwarks of...
Maria Snegovaya 04-24-2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) Abstract: On the concept of “rally around the flag,” scholars often argue that by invoking the danger of external threats in times of economic hardship, leaders can rally the public around the government in a way that would otherwise be impossible. Alternative streams of literature suggest that a darkening economic reality (“butter”) may weaken the impact of patriotic euphoria (“guns”). I conducted an experimental survey to measure...
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Maria Snegovaya 04-21-2020
(CEPA & Levada Center) Over the last decade, the Kremlin’s policies have consistently traded Russia’s economic development for Russia’s great-power status. As result, Russia has experienced a significant economic slowdown. Recent efforts to extend President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year presidency enable Moscow to sustain these policies. But are they feasible in the long term? Few in-depth empirical studies have attempted to answer this question. To do so...
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Maria Snegovaya 04-13-2020
(CEPA) Commentators were quick to predict that the pandemic would accelerate the decay of Vladimir Putin’s regime. Others expected a crackdown; public fears are often a pretext for power grabs. Examples of extraordinary powers and the suspension of normal legal protections abound in countries such as Israel, Hungary, the Philippines, and Thailand. Yet on April 2, the Russian leader did not announce a state of emergency or impose economic regulations....
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Postdoctoral Fellow, Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)