In Search of the Unexpected: The September 10th elections in the regions

By Fabrice Deprez The electoral success of the United Democrats in Moscow on 10 September was the most widely commented upon after the more than 6,000 local and regional elections held across Russia that day (see this report by the Moscow Times). Surprises were harder to find in the regions, where United Russia was victorious across the board despite a record low turnout. Less expected … Continue reading In Search of the Unexpected: The September 10th elections in the regions

Peripheral Reform: On Russia’s Approach to Adjustment

Russia’s economy is doing better. Though not in the sense that growth rates are set to return to their 2000s highs of between 7-8%, it seems the current crisis has actually bottomed out – which according to officials, it has been doing for nearly a year. Projections for GDP contraction this year have improved to only 0.6%, and the World Bank’s latest forecast for 2017 … Continue reading Peripheral Reform: On Russia’s Approach to Adjustment

IN TRANSLATION: How Russia Hides its Defense Spending

Article by Georgiy Neyaskin for Slon Magazine As years have passed, it’s become less and less clear where Russian taxpayer money is going. This is not because of corruption or a lack of transparency, but an increasingly large percentage of spending being classified by officials. The classification mostly concerns federal spending on defense, intelligence, and other agencies dealing with security. Six years ago, every tenth … Continue reading IN TRANSLATION: How Russia Hides its Defense Spending