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Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State

Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Marie Mendras, Professor at the School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris examines Putinism as a system of rule in crisis—struggling against the tide, but still with considerable resources and instruments at hand.

Date & Time

Mar. 11, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State

Since the public dissention after the presidential “swap” announcement and rigged elections of last year, Putin and those who rule with him are resisting change and are even less willing than before to engage in reforms and economic “modernization.” Forces within Russian society that push for political reform and modernization are simply not trusted by the regime, which is taking active measures against them. Because the Putin regime has over time hollowed out nearly all public institutions, neither side can rely on good working political institutions to negotiate, mediate, and find compromises. Putinism as a system of rule is in crisis: It is struggling against the tide, but it still has considerable resources and instruments at hand.

Speaker

Marie Mendras

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Professor, School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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