Coinciding with the Russian presidential elections, the EUISS has published a report in which a group of Russian authors explore the challenge faced by Russia’s political elite from a rapidly evolving society. The report examines the recent protests and the need for political reform and assesses how the gap between state and society has undermined the legitimacy of the ruling class.
Elections in Russia. Back to the future or forward to the past?
18 January 2008
The January meeting focused on domestic developments in Russia. It aimed at taking stock of the Putin era and assessing the current state of the political, economic and societal system. The first session was devoted to the development of the political system. In the second session, the Task Force explored reforms which have been pursued in different areas during the last eight years in order to analyse state performance and efficiency in today’s Russia. The third session examined changes in Russian society and its value system as well as about state-society relations at the end of Putin’s Presidency.
Session I: Russia's political system at the end of the Putin era
Session II: Reform processes under Putin
Session III: State-society relations in Russia
Conclusion: Implications for the EU