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LMC 2021

Russia, Quo Vadis?

Russia will hold legislative elections on 19 September 2021. At stake are 450 seats in the State Duma. United Russia is currently the ruling party after winning the 2016 elections. Do the temperature and mood of the Russian electorate provide any indications of what may happen in 2021?


Sabine Fischer
Sabine Fischer

Senior Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Alexey Levinson
Alexey Levinson

Head of the Socio-Cultural Research Department at Levada Center

Dmitry Suslov
Dmitry Suslov

Deputy Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University – High School of Economics, Russia

Sergey Utkin

Associate Professor for International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark


Olga Oliker

Director of the Europe and Central Asia Program at the International Crisis Group

  • What are the driving forces and possible triggers in Russian society?
  • Are the provinces rising?
  • Who are the serious challengers to the sitting power?
  • What does Alexei Navalny represent to Russians—a fearless hero or a fearless fool—and how relevant a political player is he?
  • Will the younger generation take an active role or remain disengaged from political life?
  • What does the Russian electorate think of the West, and what impact does confrontation with the West have?
  • What is the level of mistrust in society, and has it been influenced by COVID-19?
  • Can President Vladimir Putin still flex his political muscles, or is he becoming more isolated in the Kremlin and losing his grasp of real life?
  • Is Putin taking, as Francis Fukuyama notes, risks that the Soviets would have never taken?
  • How will the growing unrest in Russia and at its borders impact the elections?

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