First thoughts on this weekend’s local elections (and looking for signs of hope)

hqdefault2This weekend saw local and gubernatorial elections in Russia (and a few by-elections, too), and here is my latest vlog “hot take.” Kremlin-friendly incumbents held the governors’ positions, which was no surprise given not least that potentially-credible rivals had already been excluded. However, the local elections, especially in Moscow, threw up some interesting results. It’s too easy to see Russia in the grip of historically-mandated autocracy, so it’s a useful (if sometimes tricky) challenge to look for positive signs of change and growth, but I think we can see some here. No, no suggestion of some imminent and dramatic shift, but in a way those should always be mistrusted. Rather, an incremental evolution. We’ll see.

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  1. Hopeful sign, yes!

    But this will make many in the Power Vertical very nervous. The real question may be: what are they going to do about it?

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    • Mark Galeotti

       /  September 13, 2017

      “Fortunately” for the opposition, this is a slow burn, not a sudden brushfire, so it’s not necessarily the case that we should expect any kind of imminent response

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