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About Vladimir Gelman

Professor of political science at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is the author of 17 books and more than 120 articles on Russian and post Soviet politics.

Articles by Vladimir Gelman

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Russia’s crony capitalism: the swing of the pendulum

Cronyism has always played a significant part in Russian political and economic life, so the arrival on the scene 20 years ago of crony capitalism was no surprise. It has been through various stages over that period, ending up with the ‘predatory state’ that exists in Russia today. Vladimir Gelman wonders if it can move on or is the pendulum stuck?

Russia's Communists: the paper tigers of the opposition

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Communist Party is enjoying a mini-revival as a channel for popular discontent with the government. But its leadership is too rooted in the past and concerned with retaining control of the party to exploit this advantage, says Vladimir Gelman

The great political gamble

Medvedev should democratise in response to the political crisis, says Vladimir Gelman 

Russia’s crisis: the political options

How will Russia's regime handle the economic crisis? Will its citizens withdraw, protest or prove loyal? Distinguished political scientist Vladimir Gelman  considers the options
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