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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

From Russia, lessons for Egypt

Can manipulating the democratic process ever play out in the interest of progressive politics? Samuel A. Greene suggests not: we’ve been in this situation before, in post-Soviet Russia, with largely calamitous results. 

Mr. Medvedev, Mr. Putin, beware the Ides of March!

Public confidence in Russia’s “tandemocracy” has plummeted to record lows, and a majority now believe their country is headed in the wrong direction. While Arabic-style street protest remains unlikely, cracks in the ruling elite are now obvious, with some factions openly pushing for radical reform. Sam Greene suggests they might be too late, and the system — beyond salvation.

Don't mention the bombings

The terrorist bombs pose a problem for the Kremlin, Sam Greene reports from Moscow. Since tightening the screws has not worked, their new tactic appears to be to avoid the subject altogether
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