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Samuel A. Greene is Reader in Russian Politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How did 1917 change the west?

Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process. As we watch Russia struggle with history, the US and UK cannot afford to pretend that this history doesn’t affect us too.


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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