Government decision-making in Russia: Not a one-man show

This event explores why the government decision-making process in Russia does not begin and end with President Putin.

Research event, Panel
7 June 2021 — 12:30PM TO 2:00PM

President Vladimir Putin is often portrayed by Western policymakers as the sole force behind the Kremlin’s decisions. Yet this ignores the role played by collective bodies and institutions, as well as various interest groups.

Building on their chapters in the recently published Chatham House report Myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia, the speakers explain why Putin is not involved in every policy choice and how government decisions are reached. They also discuss how understanding the Kremlin’s decision-making process could improve Western policy towards Russia.


Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London; Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Ekaterina Schulmann, Associate Professor, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES); Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Nikolay Petrov, Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

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