Russia's Domestic Politics: Current Challenges and Scenarios for Future Development
Aleksei Makarkin, Centre for Political Technologies, Moscow
The speaker will argue that whilst the Russian government has succeeded in overcoming the immediate economic crisis, the prospect of a protracted decline - social, economic, demographic - looks increasingly probable. He will examine the problems facing the political elite in Russia, and the likely development of the country's political order in the coming decade.
Will economic problems, or the regime's own modernisation agenda, open up a space in which pressure for political and institutional reform can be brought to bare? Or will oil revenues and elements of soft authoritarianism suffice to maintain the current closed and corrupt political system indefinitely?
Aleksei Makarkin is Deputy President of the Centre for Political Technologies. He has worked as a researcher at the Centre since 1997 and was previously a junior researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO).
Attendance is by invitation only.
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