Mark Galeotti

The Russian opposition’s move towards a more concrete left-wing platform may be a game changer in the struggle for Russia’s future

The past week has seen the ejection of opposition politician Gennady Gudkov from the Russian parliament and a 20,000 strong march in Moscow to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Mark Galeotti argues that these events are occurring against the backdrop of an opposition in Russia that has an emerging leftist agenda and that has begun to articulate its own […]

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Once again, the law in Russia is becoming a tool of political control

Successive Russian leaders have regarded the law as an instrument of the state rather than a constraint on it. Reflecting on the recent trial and imprisonment of Russian band Pussy Riot and moves to oust dissenting politician Gennady Gudkov, Mark Galeotti argues that while further expansion of Russia’s state security apparatus is planned by the Kremlin, opposition, including from legal […]

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Tighter times mean that Russia can no longer continue to ignore the corruption which is endemic to nearly every aspect of society.

Russia is well known for the systemic corruption that characterises its society, politics and institutions. But this may be about to change. Mark Galeotti argues that as Russia moves on from its period of post-Soviet state-rebuilding, the sheer costs of corruption and pressure from Russia’s new middle classes may force the government to take tougher action. It’s a cliché to […]

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