Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Studies
Head of the Socio-Cultural Research Department at Levada Center
Deputy Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University – High School of Economics, Russia
Associate Professor for International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark
- 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?