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About Elena Solovyova

Elena Solovyova is a journalist for 7x7-Horizontal Russia. She won the Redkollegia Prize for her research into the links between the leadership of the Komi Republic and the nationalist organisation Rubezh Severa (Northern Frontier). She lives in Syktyvkar.

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Adam Bychawski

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Moscow is solving its waste problem – by sending it to Russia's regions

Waste disposal has become a political problem for Russia’s capital, and the authorities are now looking to transfer it to the regions. RU

As Russia’s presidential election approaches, apathy is running high

On 18 March, Russians go to the polls to elect a new president (or rather, re-elect the old one). But there’s little enthusiasm around. RU

What would happen to Russia’s elections if the regional authorities stopped controlling them?

Russia's northern republic of Komi used to be known for its consistently high turnout on election day. But after a corruption investigation felled the region’s leadership, the future of managed elections is unclear here. RU

Don’t count on “administrative resources” this Russian presidential election

Public sector workers usually vote how they’re told in Russia’s highly-managed elections. A message from the northern Komi republic hints at changes under the radar.

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