Russian and Eurasian Studies

Gordon M. Hahn

by Gordon M. Hahn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s entire career, from the Soviet KGB in Dresden to the Russian presidency in Moscow, has displayed bold risk-taking. In situations where he has been under great pressure to make difficult decisions, he has repeatedly demonstrated a propensity or ability to act promptly, decisively, and with considerable effectiveness. […]

by Gordon M. Hahn The results in last month’s Russian gubernatorial elections point to both a possible challenge and extrication solution for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his system. They revealed: (1) new decline in the popularity ruling pro-Putin party Yedinaya Rossiya (YeR) or United Russia, (2) the limited though not insignificant capacity of Putin’s […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Introduction The re-appointment of Dmitrii Medvedev to head the Russian government’s Cabinet during at least the first years of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fourth presidential term suggests that Medvedev remains in the running to replace Putin either as successor or authorized place holder one the fourth term ends in 2024. However, […]

by Gordon M. Hahn On Russia’s “Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Repression” it is instructive to return to the Western media’s deceitful claim that a rehabilitation of Stalin has occurred during the soft authoritarian, albeit, rule of Vladimir Putin. Every year, on 30 October 2017, Russia remembers the victims of Stalin’s repressions in a […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Is the Vladimir the Great Balancer who has deftly mixed the carrot and the stick to maintain a tentative balance between the myriad regime, autonomous, and opposition elements that comprise Russia’s metastable politics losing his touch? I have noted several times in the past that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a […]