Tag: Russian politics

by Gordon M. Hahn [Thus article was originally published for ROPV in December 2011 as “The National Republics as Administrative Resource in Russia’s Elections,” Russia – Other Points of View, 12 December 2011, http://www.russiaotherpointsofview.com/2011/12/the-national-republics-as-administrative-resource-in-russias-elections-.html. It discusses key, institutionalized aspect of what I characterized 14 years ago as Putin’s soft “stealth authoritarianism.”] My previous article for ROPV […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Much Western media and many observers of Russian politics are fond of playing up an ostensible revival of Stalin – his ‘rehabilitation’ as it were – under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule. This is not just inaccurate — as I have written in the past, the Putin era has seen numerous […]

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. […]

by Gordon M. Hahn [This article, which still holds for today, in my view, was first published as: Gordon M. Hahn,“ Problems of Putinism,” Russia – Other Points of View, 5 February 2012, www.russiaotherpointsofview.com/2012/02/problems-of-putinism.html.] In 2012, then Russian Prime Minister and soon-to-be third-time president Vladimir Putin has problems.  Almost all of them are rooted in several mistakes.  First, […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Opposition leader Alexei Navalnyi’s recent corruption allegations against Russian Prime Minister and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev poses a grave threat to Medvedev’s political survival in that position. The timing of the allegations is crucial, coming as the presidential campaign approaches as does Putin’s impending decision whether or not to retain […]