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Russian Society and Foreign Policy: Mass and Elite Orientations after Crimea

Most Russians agree with the official narrative that Russia has re-emerged as a great power under Vladimir Putin, particularly with the annexation of Crimea. However, many Russians are unwilling to bear the economic burden of escalating tensions with the West, evidenced by the declining “Crimea bump” in Putin’s popularity and growing dissatisfaction with a stagnating or falling standard of living.

Dreams of Russian Democracy: What Went Wrong?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Andrei Kozyrev, former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, about his new book The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy. Kozyrev provides an eyewitness account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the struggle to create a democratic Russia under Yeltsin, and how this critical period eventually allowed the rise of crony capitalism and Vladimir Putin.