Posts by Tomila Lankina

Томила Ланкина 05-26-2020
(APSA-CP) Urban protest has been a subject of burgeoning scholarship on regime vulnerabilities and resilience in autocracies (Onuch 2015, 2014; Lorentzen 2013; King et al. 2013; Rød and Weidmann 2015; Beissinger 2013; Little et al. 2013; Tucker 2007; Robertson 2011; Harris and Hern 2019; Plantan 2014; Frye and Borisova 2019). In this essay, I discuss how careful attention to historical legacies of social structure that are spatially varied, could further...
Томила Ланкина 01-02-2020
(Post-Soviet Affairs) (Co-authored with Katerina Tertytchnaya) A growing literature explores the causes and consequences of dramatic political protests in autocracies. Yet, we know comparatively little about other forms of protests in these regimes. The Lankina Russian Protest-Event Dataset (LAruPED) facilitates the investigation of protest in Russia, a classic example of an electoral authoritarian regime. The data, which are human-coded, identify, in...
Томила Ланкина 01-12-2018
(BBC) On the last day of 1999, Boris Yeltsin went on national television to apologize for his failures and to announce his resignation, taking the world by surprise. Tomila Lankina reflects on Yeltsin's legacy, along with Yeltsin’s wife Naina Yeltsina, and compares it to the Putin period. Listen © BBC World Service (The History Hour) The interview with Tomila Lankina begins at timestamp 9:35.
Томила Ланкина 01-08-2018
The project investigates the dynamics of popular mobilization in Russia and the other post-Soviet countries and explores wider questions of national and sub-national democracy, authoritarianism, and geopolitical orientations in the post-Soviet space. For this project, a laboratory has been set up to gather data on protest and to study the media’s role in driving or suppressing street discontent; and in furthering the political elite’s...
Томила Ланкина 03-03-2015
(LSE Blogs) I first heard of Boris Nemtsov when I was a young Russian graduate student in America in the mid-1990s contemplating pursuing a PhD in Russian regional politics. For a new, post-Kremlinologist generation of political scientists, it was individuals like Nemtsov who made the study of Russian provincial politics fascinating and exciting. In the post-Soviet hyper-federalist Russia of the early Yeltsin years, sub-national regions quickly emerged as...
Томила Ланкина 08-25-2014
The December 2011-March 2012 protests in Russia, unprecedented in scale, surprised even the most astute observers of Russian politics. Were these protests a mere blip on the “normally placid surface of Russian political life”?[1] Or are they part of a longer-term trajectory of political maturation for Russian society? Do they reveal a growing capacity of Russia’s citizens to resort to non-institutionalized forms of political participation, as...
Томила Ланкина 04-15-2014
(Co-authored by Kinga Niemcyzk) Much of the commentary on Russia’s recent annexation of the Crimea has focused on Russia’s hard power—its geo-political designs in the so-called near abroad, ostensible security vulnerabilities to NATO’s eastward expansion, strategic objectives, and military capabilities.  These questions are not moot and have a strong sense of urgency for leaders in Ukraine, Moldova, or even Kazakhstan nervously pondering Russia’s next...
Томила Ланкина 03-10-2014
Next week, if the March 16 referendum on Crimea’s status takes place, the hypothetical scenario of Crimea’s separation from Ukraine might well come closer to becoming reality. Much of the media and academic punditry on the turn of events following the change of government in the Ukraine and Russia’s military incursion on the Peninsula has focused on how the West, Russia and Ukraine can avert Crimea’s apparently imminent separation from the Ukraine.  Yet,...
Томила Ланкина 12-10-2013
Tomila Lankina, associate professor in International Relations at LSE, recently gave an interview on the Ukrainian situation to CNBC in which she says that by leaving for a scheduled trip to China, the Ukrainian president is signalling he feels secure. You can view the interview here:
Томила Ланкина 11-06-2013
(Times Now) In a recent interview, Tomila Lankina discussed the challenges for improved future relations between India and Russia. "The corporation possibilities between the two countries are limitless...There is a lot of potential there and there is recognition of the importance of these projects. The problem is there is a lack of vision in terms of pushing some of these projects through." Watch the full interview | ©

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