Snegovaya

Maria Snegovaya 15 Sep 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...
Maria Snegovaya 10 Sep 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...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Aug 2020
(FT) Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Mr Putin’s man would retain the governorship of Khabarovsk Krai, a region in Russia’s far east, securing a small majority in the first round, one of his intelligence agencies had predicted. The upstart local opposition challenger was no threat. [...] “When the economic growth in...
Maria Snegovaya 08 Jun 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...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Jun 2020
(RFE/RL) The screen depicts the Statue of Liberty backdropped by a cloud-specked sky, its outstretched arm and crowned head superimposed over the body of an American police officer whose knee presses firmly into the neck of a black man pinned to the ground and struggling to breathe. [...] "The Kremlin is very averse to anything that has to do with revolutions," said Maria Snegovaya, a...
Maria Snegovaya 24 Apr 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...
Maria Snegovaya 21 Apr 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...
Maria Snegovaya 13 Apr 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...

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