Russia on the Ground – December, 2016

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Russia on the Ground
December, 2016

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.


Russian Domestic Politics: 2016 in review
This is a compilation of some of the biggest stories in Russia domestic politics from 2016, from major staff shifts in the Kremlin to the parliamentary election to Navalny’s potential presidential run. All of these could have an impact on how 2017 plays out.


Russian Central Bank Chief Named 2016 Top European Banker
The journal hailed Nabiullina’s success in controlling Russia’s inflation rate, noting that by the end of the year inflation had fallen to below 6 percent from 12.9 percent in 2015.

Bank of America: Russia is Most Stable Emerging Economy
Meanwhile, the country’s progress from 51st to 40th in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking indicates an improvement of the business climate in Russia.

Russians Toast Recession as Pubgoers Drink ‘Less But Better’
Russia is now reveling in the new craft labels that have exploded in popularity during the nation’s longest recession this century. The number of Russian microbreweries soared 10-fold in the past five years.

Public Opinion

What Millennials Think of Putin’s Russia
CNN interviews Russian students at Moscow State University about their thoughts on Putin, the USSR, and the future of Russia.

Why Do So Many People Miss the Soviet Union?
The percentage of Russians who regretted the Soviet collapse has dropped below 50% only once since 1992.

The Real Reason Russians Still Have Soviet Nostalgia
Surveys consistently reveal that Russians feel nostalgia for the Soviet Union. The sources of this nostalgia are varied and complex.

Fewer Russians Believe in Russia’s “Special Path”
Only 16% of Russians said that Russia should have a special path and a special state apparatus for developing the country, down from 24% the previous year.

Poll Shows Russians Know Main Points of Their Constitution
However, only about a third think it contributes to maintaining order.

Military, Church & Media Top Russians’ Trust Ratings
Strongest support and approval: military (87%), the Russian Orthodox Church (72%), and mass media (65%). The lowest ratings: the court system (37%), political opposition (37%), and law enforcement bodies (31%).

Most Russians Want Govt to Raise Minimum Alcohol-purchase Age
A poll showed that 77% approved of the proposal, up from about 70% three years ago. Seventeen percent of Russians said they were opposed to the potential restriction.


Anti-tobacco Social Campaign Lowers Number of Smokers in Russia by 25%
The number of smokers in Russia has dropped by a quarter from 41% to 31%.

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.