Policy Memos by Nikolay Petrov

Nikolay Petrov 02-20-2018

(PONARS Policy Memo) At last, Vladimir Putin has decided that he will indeed be a candidate in the 2018 presidential election. Considering how long he has been in charge, it may seem that little has changed or...

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Nikolay Petrov 03-07-2014

Чтобы сохранить гибридный политический режим Путина, необходимо постоянно примирять интересы и разрешать конфликты различных подсистем в режиме «ручного управления». Если этого не делается, то внутренние конфликты могут накапливаться до тех пор, пока они не выйдут на...

Nikolay Petrov 09-18-2013

In order to maintain Vladimir Putin’s hybrid political regime, it is constantly necessary to reconcile the interests and conflicts of various subsystems “by hand.” If this is not done, internal conflicts can accumulate until they reach the surface, potentially...

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Nikolay Petrov 10-22-2012

In December 2011, a volcano of social activism that had long been dormant started to erupt in Russia, thrusting the country’s domestic politics into headlines around a world recently captivated by the Arab...

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Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

Once again, forthcoming elections in Russia—parliamentary in December 2011 and presidential in March 2012—are about a transfer of power. With expected changes to the roster of MPs as well as in the...

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Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

Political and administrative elites in Russia’s regions have changed drastically in recent years. Specifically, Moscow’s management of regional (effectively “federal-regional”) positions has expanded...

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Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

The victory of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine’s 2010 presidential election called into question the significance of the Orange Revolution both in Ukraine and in the post-Soviet world at large. In my opinion, the Orange Revolution...

Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

Two years ago, when evaluating the hybrid regime of “over-managed democracy” (OMD) that Vladimir Putin constructed during his two presidential terms, I concluded that this regime was transitory; it...

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Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

Next year will mark twenty years since the first more or less free and fair elections were held in the USSR in March 1989. Since then, numerous elections have been held in the Soviet, and later post-...

Nikolay Petrov 07-23-2012

In the seven years that President Vladimir Putin has been in power, Russia seems to have regressed politically almost to where it was a decade and a half ago. This is not to say that the Kremlin has been...

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Professor, Department of Comparative Politics
Higher School of Economics, Moscow