Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Richard Sakwa
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Richard Sakwa is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia programme. He is also professor of Russian and European Politics; head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent; and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences. His main research interests are Russian domestic politics and comparative democratization.


  • Russian politics
  • Eurasian regimes and comparative regime change
  • Eurasian international relations
  • European politics
  • Comparative democratisation


1987-DateProfessor (from 1 October 1996; Reader from 1 January 1995; Senior Lecturer from 1 October 1991) in Russian and European Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent
1986-1987Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz, Board of Studies in Politics
  • Russian Politics and Society, fourth edition, London: Routledge, 2008
  • Putin: Russia's Choice, second edition, London: Routledge, 2007
  • Developments in Russian Politics 6, co-editor with Stephen White and Zvi Gitelman, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • Chechnya: From Past to Future (ed), London, Anthem Press; Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishers, 2005
  • Putin: Russia's Choice, London and New York, Routledge, 2004
  • Contextualising Secession: Normative Studies in a Comparative Perspective, ed with Bruno Coppieters, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003
  • Russian Politics and Society, third edition, London and New York, Routledge, 2002