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Russian Domestic Politics

Moscow, Russia. 19th January, 2020. Opposition supporters hold a copy of Russia's constitution during a rally against constitutional reforms proposed by President Vladimir Putin in central Moscow

The Domestic Politics research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses Russian domestic politics, the evolution of the political system and its elites, as well as their relations with society.

Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN

Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center

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Michaël LEVYSTONE

Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center 

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Florian VIDAL

Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Anne SOUIN

Project Officer, Russia/NIS Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Marlène LARUELLE

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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Julien NOCETTI

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

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04/04/2019

What makes the militia milieu so unique and important for understanding today’s Russia is that it finds itself at the intersection of state institutions, patronage mechanisms, criminal structures, and grassroots illiberal activism.

01/04/2018

The struggle against terrorism is supposed to be one part of security policy in which Russia has every necessary capability and know-how, and its special services can draw on vast experience without encountering the legal and institutional constraints that often interfere with Western efforts....

01/03/2017

This paper analyses the phenomenon of “Kadyrovism” as a relatively coherent ideology which possesses its own internal logic and propaganda tools and which reflects the reality of Ramzan Kadyrov’s rule, based on submission to Vladimir Putin while also being marked by provocative acts directed...

31/07/2016
By: Vyacheslav LIKHACHEV

From the very beginning, the armed conflict that broke out in the Donbass in the spring of 2014 drew in right-wing radicals, on the Ukrainian as well as on the Russian side. Organised ultra-nationalist groups and individual activists established their own units of volunteers or joined existing...

22/12/2015
By: Leonid POLYAKOV

President Vladimir Putin’s third term of office proceeds under the “conservative shift.” Does this mean that the Russian government has finally opted for conservatism as its official—though not state—ideology, with long-term consequences for both its domestic policy and foreign policies?