Russia on the Ground – May, 2016

Yandex, which has long been Russia's #1 search engine, is headquarted in downtown Moscow. It has been losing market share to Google recently.

Russia on the Ground
May, 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.


Domestic Politics

A Brighter Spotlight on USSR’s “Immortal Regiment”
Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?

Russia: Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin
The “immortal regiment” parade, started in 2012, has grown immensely in popularity and prominence.

Public Opinion

Majority of Russians Believe Stalin Was “Positive Force”
The Communist Party is planning to use the image of the Soviet leader in the next parliamentary elections.

What Do Half of Russians Believe?
According to surveys half of the population pray, steal items from hotel rooms and live in anticipation of a war.

Internship in RussiaEconomy

Three-fourths of Russians Receive Official Wages
10% get their salaries “in envelopes,” according to a poll released by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM) on Thursday.

In Post-Olympic Sochi, White Elephants – and Improved Daily Life
The $50 billion went not just into the sports facilities that all cities have to build for the Olympics, but also in building railroad stations, water treatment systems, roads, electric grids, and even schools.

Russia Retools After Crash as Post-Oil Economy Takes Shape
A trail left by crude’s collapse has turned up some unlikely survivors and even industries that found a way to prosper as the broader economy burned.

Russia’s Incredibly Shrinking Auto Industry
Foreign manufacturers are leaving. Domestic manufacturers are struggling.

Moscow’s Fourth International Airport Opens Despite Downturn
The airport will run around 20 flights per week by two passenger airlines from ex-Soviet Central Asia — Air Kyrgyzstan and SCAT Airlines from Kazakhstan.

Google Surpasses Yandex in Monthly Users in Russia
(In Russian) This is the first time the Google has surpassed Yandex in Russia. Yandex retains its lead in average daily users.

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.