How Russia is governed

Can Putin’s regime maintain stability?

Open event, Panel Recording
5 March 2024 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Event recording

Experts discuss how Russia’s ruling class has evolved over the past two years.

In March, Vladimir Putin will start yet another six-year presidential term. But despite the absurdity of a ‘presidential elections’ in Russia, the run-up to it and the event itself offer insight into how the country works – 24 years into Putin’s regime and during wartime.

The challenges of staying in power in this context are considerable, and only partly mitigated by dealing with opposition in different ways – Navalny and Nadezhdin most recently. The Russian state has been transformed for multiple reasons: to assist in its prosecution of the war, to maintain control and stability, and simply to keep on going.

This discussion will offer a closer look at how the regime maintains itself, and how Russia’s ruling class has evolved over the past two years.

Key questions:

  • How are the elites changing?
  • What are the differences between how Russia is governed in the cities and in the provinces?
  • What strategies does the Kremlin employ to keep Russians interested in electoral cycles?
  • What is the role of the diaspora in enacting change within Russia?
  • How sustainable are the new ‘techniques’ of regime continuation? Will new ones need to be found?