Category: Russian democratic opposition

by Gordon M. Hahn Long-standing Russian President Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s presidential election by a landslide, garnering some 70 percent of the vote. Democratic candidates are likely to finish behind the main communist candidate Pavel Grudinin and the tired populist-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovskii. They might outdistance the equally tired nationalist Sergei Baburin. The pro-democracy forces’ […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to both houses of the Federal Assembly on Thursday was significant for the more immediate politics of the Russian presidential campaign and representative of Russia’s contemporary cultural discourse and identity. It addressed two key blocs of state-tied constituencies Putin will need to ensure an easy first […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Political analysis is becoming dangerously politicized, one-sided and biased. The politicization of academia and media in this regard is polarizing relations between Russia and the West. The disease of politicized science also plagues the domestic politics of their and other societies. This two-tier political polarization is contributing to global instability. Analysis […]

by Gordon M Hahn Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has still not announced that he will run in the upcoming 18 March 2018 presidential election, there is little doubt that President Vladimir Putin will be running for his second consecutive and overall fourth term. The candidate field is beginning to take shape and has added […]

by Gordon M. Hahn In a recent series of statements, Russian liberal politicians, activists, and intelligentsia members have criticized the Russian democratic opposition’s most popular and effective leader Aleksei Navalnyi. Russia’s democrats again have shown themselves to have mastered an uncanny inability to unite, especially ever since Vladimir Putin took the Russian presidency in 2000. […]