Russia on the Ground – June-August, 2016

Elvira Nabiullina, as Russia's Central Bank head, has been instrumental in bringing down inflation and maintaining stability in Russia's economy.

Russia on the Ground
June, July, August, 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.


Public Opinion

Russians Prefer Stability, Order and Sovereignty
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said the state should consolidate its role in society compared to 22% who stressed the need to liberalize all spheres of public life.

Poll: Freedom for Russians
Russian research company Romir has published the findings of a survey asking Russians what they think when they hear the word “freedom.”

Number of Russians Viewing U.S. as Threat Hits 10-Year Low – Poll
Sixty-nine percent of 1,600 respondents labelled the United States as a threat, down from 77 in February 2015.

Poll: Over 35% of Russians Believe Voting in Upcoming Elections Useless
Many voters do not believe that their votes will be counted honestly, do not see any differences between the parties and do not consider the parliament an influential body.

Less Than a Fifth of Russians Would Consider Emigrating, Poll Finds
Less than one in five Russians would consider emigrating, a poll by the Moscow-based Levada-Center has found, with three quarters saying that they never would.

Russian Voter Mood on the Eve of Elections
According to VCIOM (Russian state-owned opinion research center) polls, 43.1 percent of Russians are ready to vote for the United Russia party which is the biggest party in Russia.

Russians Blame Govt for Price Rise, Insufficient Social Protection – Poll
Russians mostly criticize the national government for “being unable to deal with the price rise and shrinking household income” (42%) and “failing to ensure social protection” (34%), the Levada Center told Interfax.

Third of Russians Expect Rigged 2016 Duma Elections
A fifth of respondents believed that the elections would be free from any malpractice, with a further 26 percent declining to answer.

Internship in RussiaEconomy

Why Russia is Seeing Prices Fall for the First Time in 5 Years
Russian analysts cite seasonal factors and cautious consumers among the reasons for the fall in prices, with some expressing hope that Russia may be able to reach 4 percent inflation for the first time in its history by 2017.

Russia Dominates Global Wheat Market
Russia has supplanted the U.S. as the top exporter of the grain.

Russian Agriculture Revival Continues
Russian agricultural is flourishing as leading companies and the state pour money into the sector amid the sanctions that have cut food imports.

Russia’s Oil Production Won’t Falter
Why have peak oil predictions proven consistantly wrong?

The Woman Who Revived Russia’s Markets
Many investors credit central-bank chief Elvira Nabiullina for Russia’s resurgence.

Domestic Politics

Putin Reshuffles Regional Leaders Ahead Of Vote
Russian President Vladimir Putin has abruptly reshuffled several regional leaders and dismissed the ambassador to Ukraine in a substantial shake-up that also included the removal of the country’s longtime customs chief.

Closure of Independent Monitor Dents Credibility of Russian Elections
In the midst of the campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Russia in September, the largest public violation monitoring organization has been disbanded.

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.