Russia on the Ground – February, 2017

These images were used in a 2016 campaign by Russia's Communist Party.

Russia on the Ground
February, 2017

RASP-BlueThis resource serves to track domestic news inside Russia – focusing primarily on demographics, public opinion, economy, and major domestic political events inside Russia.

It is intended to give students who are otherwise following major issues and events within Russia greater context from which to view those issues and events. This resource lists useful but often under-reported information that can help build a pragmatic and objective view of Russia’s domestic situation.

 

Dying Bear Still Not Dead
Russia’s demographics actually don’t look so bad – especially if the numbers are compared with Europe, Japan, and even the US.

4 Warning Signs of Instability in Russia
George Friedman of the think tank Stratfor looks at wage arrears, banking stability, political turn over, and military stability to determine how stable Russia really is.

Economy

PWC: Russia Could be Europe’s Biggest Economy by 2050
US accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers has run some extensive economic forecasts.

Putin’s Central Banker Is On a Tear
Russia’s Central Bank Chief has been praised by investors for her extensive banking and currency reforms. How has she accomplished so much?

Russia Eyes Reforms to 13% Flat Income Tax
Russia is eyeing several major tax reforms as elections approach. VAT taxation and social security taxes may also be getting an overhaul soon.

Sanctions, Weak Ruble Help Russian Fishing
The ban on foreign food imports into Russia, introduced by the Kremlin in response to U.S. and EU sanctions, has sparked a surge in demand for domestic products.

Public Opinion

What Do Russian Youth and Their Parents Want?
Employment by Russian military and intelligence services is now considered prestigious by a majority of Russians. This is post-Soviet first. State corporations are another sought-after employer in today’s Russia.

No Revolution for Russia
100 years ago, St. Petersburg was the seat of the Russian Revolution. Today, it’s Russia’s most politically liberal city. What is the revolutionary sentiment today in St. Petersburg?

Poll: What are Russians Most Afraid of?
Most Russians polled are afraid of war and international conflicts, but the number decreased to 14 points in December compared to 23 points in January 2016.

Poll: Over 80% of Russians Sure Army Can Deter Military Threat
Over half of Russians (58%) believe in the existence of a military threat posed by other countries, Levada Center told Interfax, adding that the indicator had notably declined in the past two years from 68% in 2015.

Poll: 33% of Russians Believe Putin Period is Best Country’s Had in 100 Years
An almost equal number, though, say that they do “not have a simple answer to the question.”

Support for Death Penalty in Russia Plummets
Just 44 percent of Russians would like to see the return of the death penalty, compared in 68 percent in 2002.

Internship in RussiaDomestic Politics

New Opposition March in Moscow Draws Thousands
Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as “Russia will be free!” and “Putin is war!” to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.

Multiple Russian Parties Vow to Back Navalny for President
Russia’s Solidarity movement unites several liberal parties. They agreed to the move at a recent joint party convention. Navalny, however, has been convicted of embezzlement charges and may not be able to legally run.

Russia’s Communist Party “Not Whithering Away”
The KPRF retains its standing as the second most popular party.

Other

Russia Ready for New Nature Preserve
The new reserve will preserve the Great Siberian Ice Hole, a unique formation vital to many rare animals in the region as well as the world’s largest known deposit of mammoth bones.

Kicking Habits, Kicking Back
In Russia, a punitive Soviet approach to drug users is still in place. But a new generation of activists is ready to challenge it.

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.