On 19th September, Russia goes to the polls for parliamentary elections. A resounding win for the ruling United Russia party, with some seats allotted to the pre-approved systemic ‘opposition’, is a foregone conclusion. Meanwhile, the Kremlin’s stranglehold on Russian politics, and Russian political life, appears to be growing ever more constrictive.
It is easy, and often encouraged, to explain the increasingly dictatorial state of Russian politics exclusively through the person of Vladimir Putin. But the Kremlin’s grip on power is not a monopoly and it depends not on Putin’s omnipotence, but rather on the trade-offs, compromises and informal structures that typify authoritarian regimes around the world.
To look beyond Putin and explain how power and politics work in Russia, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to be joined by Professor Timothy Frye. Discussing both his book, Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin's Russia, and the upcoming parliamentary elections, Professor Frye will answer important questions, such as: How popular is Putin?; Is Russian propaganda effective?; Can Russian cyber warriors really decide elections in the USA or Europe? The Henry Jackson Society invites you to join us and contribute some of your own questions on power, Putin, and politics in Russia today.