Russia on the Ground – September, 2016

Blue areas voted majority for United Russia, red for the Communists, light blue for the LDPR, and yellow for A Just Russia

Russia on the Ground
September, 2016

RASP-Blue This 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

Results of Russia’s 2016 Duma Elections
This series of diagrams and charts shows what changed with the last elections.

Russia’s Lost Liberals
The Carnegie Moscow Center looks, via polls and election numbers, at the current state of Russia’s liberal parties and what they can do to improve their position.

Russian Levada Center Appeals to Justice Minister Over Foreign Agent Listing
Levada Center was added to the list of non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding. A Justice Ministry spokesperson said it had been receiving most of its foreign financing from the United States.

Putin Grooms a New Generation of Leaders
The new generation is steeped in the state-controlled system that Putin has built. While some of his contemporaries might have had the stature to challenge the president in private, the younger officials owe their entire careers to him.

How Stable is Russia?
Is Russia roaring back unstoppable? Is Russia on the brink of collapse? The answer is somewhere in the middle.

Internship in RussiaWhen National Identity Is More Important Than National Economy

This conversation covers recent political and economic events in Europe and Russia and particularly how Brexit may affect EU-Russia relations.


Less Than Half of Russians Believe Duma Elections Fair — Poll
46 percent of Russians believe that last month’s State Duma elections were carried out fairly; 22 percent refused to answer.

Russians’ Real Disposable Income Falls at Fastest Pace Since 2009: Data
With less money to spend, consumers also stayed away from shopping, with retail sales, a barometer of customer demand in Russia, down 5.1 percent in August and following a 5.2 percent decline in July.

Birth Rate In Russia Creeps Up Despite Economic Crisis
People in Russia do not view the current economic crisis as a disaster and are not giving up on their plans to have children, say analysts. One of the crucial factors keeping the birth rate stable is low unemployment.


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.