Online Roundtable Discussion "Russian Politics after the Nationwide Vote: An Analysis of the Regional Elections of September 13, 2020"

  • Date: –16:30
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
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NB! The event will be held on Zoom. To attend the event please click on the link

Vladimir Putin had much planned for 2020. This was to be the year the ‘lame-duck’ problem was solved; a government reshuffle implemented; the constitution changed to give Putin two extra terms; and an especially lavish WWII victory parade held. A boost in stability, ratings and legitimacy was expected; instead came Covid-19, shaky state performance, economic turmoil and remarkably resilient mass protests in the city of Khabarovsk. 

This roundtable discussion analyses how the political environment has changed in Russia in 2020 and offers an interpretation of the significance of the September 13 regional elections. 

Three distinguished political scientists offer their expertise in our roundtable.

Ben Noble (University College London) will discuss immediate and longer-term consequences of the constitutional changes for Russian politics, including a particular focus on the State Duma and what the regional elections can tell us about possible future developments.

Ekaterina Schulmann (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES), Moscow; Chatham House, London) will examine how constitutional change has affected regime stability, what has necessitated the recent drastic changes in electoral legislation, and what these legislative changes, together with the regional election process and results tell us about the current state of the "vertical of power".

Andrey Semenov (Senior Researcher, Centre for Comparative History and Political Science, Perm) considers the regional dimension – what new nuances are visible in the Kremlin’s micro-management of regional politics in 2020 and what do recent regional protests mean for the future of Putin’s system?