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PONARS Eurasia 13 Nov 2020
(JAMnews) Unexpected bills have been put forward in the Russian Duma, guaranteeing immunity to former presidents of the country. This initiative looks strange given that the current leader of the country Vladimir Putin has no obstacles to continue ruling the country for many years to come. At the same time, unconfirmed rumors in the media speak about Putin’s grave health condition....
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PONARS Eurasia 09 Oct 2020
(Washington Post) MOSCOW — Vladlen Los sat in a chair outside Room 239 of the Xander Hotel. It was midmorning on Aug. 20 in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The lawyer Los was determined that no one get inside the room that his colleague, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, had left hours before. All that was known at that point was that Navalny was gravely ill — stricken on a plane...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Oct 2020
(Haaretz) The producer of a documentary on Putin's critic who was poisoned in August explains why he found Navalny as great a mystery as the Russian president himself - and how he dealt with the film's director being brutally murdered. In March 2017, tens of thousands of demonstrators attended rallies and went on marches in cities across Russia. They were protesting government corruption in...
Kirill Rogov 14 Apr 2020
(Washington Post) Opinion polls and authoritarian systems don’t go together. However professional or independent the pollster, any results are necessarily skewed as people weigh their responses — especially to questions about the regime — against potential consequences. Political scientists refer to this as “authoritarian bias.” A late 2015 poll by the Levada Center, Russia’s most...
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PONARS Eurasia 19 Mar 2020
(Reason) Vladimir Putin officially solidified his grasp on power last week when the State Duma, Russia's lower legislative chamber, voted unanimously to pass a constitutional amendment modifying the structure of presidential term limits. Putin will be allowed to once again run for office in 2024, when his current term is set to expire, and stay in power for two consecutive six-year...
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PONARS Eurasia 17 Mar 2020
Pavel Baev in "Putin Nullifies All Further Speculation About a Leadership Transition in Russia" (Eurasia Daily Monitor) "Seeking to preserve a modicum of uncertainty, Putin has yet to formally announce his intention to stand in the 2024 presidential elections; but the political class tends to take it for granted that he will be the only real candidate four years from now—and in the 2030...