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Russia’s presidential election: a decline in citizen rights

The re-election of Vladimir Putin has been preceded by a significant crackdown on freedom of assembly and rule of law.

There may be no one to vote for in Russia’s elections, but they will be well monitored!

A tussle over election monitors in northwestern Russia reminds us of a simple truth: electoral authoritarianism takes a lot of effort. 

Imitation civil society gets ready for Russia’s imitation elections

While the Russian government recruits loyal NGOs as election observers, other organisations refuse to be part of the process. RU

Russian activists face prosecution in the run up to the presidential elections

Law enforcement are prosecuting activists left, right and centre ahead of the elections, stigmatising public activity and protest. 

Russia’s elections: the rise and fall of “dramaturgiya”

The Kremlin is used to scripting election campaigns to the minute. But the 2018 election shows how they’re losing control.

Alexey Navalny’s election boycott reveals the symbolic matrix of Russian politics

Boycotting the Russian presidential elections is the logical extension of the opposition politician’s radical street politics. 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

If Russia’s minorities are excluded from national political life, then why are they the most “loyal” on paper?

By rejecting popular support in Russia’s national republics, you can win more votes than you lose. RU

“My baby knows how to speed up judges when he needs to”

Recent revelations concerning a Russian oligarch and Russian deputy prime minister demonstrate how friendship, business and politics are intertwined in the Russian state’s influencing operations. RU

If Russians are ignoring their upcoming presidential election, what are they talking about?

This year, local issues are the hidden focus of Russia's presidential election. 

Protest in Russia's paper town

This corner of Karelia is known for two things: its paper mill and its prison. But its residents are fed up with poor quality housing, inefficient public transport and an unresponsive state — and are trying to do something about it. RU

The symbolic meaning of the presidential elections for Russian liberals

The Sobchak and Navalny campaigns are two very different options for the future of Russia’s democratic movement.

Russia’s presidential elections: predictable results with an unpredictable aftermath

This March, Russia goes through the motions of yet another (re)election. Here are the contenders, and a few reasons why their contest may just be worth watching.

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.

Hope for Russia’s hopeless elections

“I’m not participating in this shit” could become the main political slogan at Russia’s upcoming presidential elections. RU

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