Hans-Joachim Spanger holds a doctorate in political science, is programme director at the Leibniz Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (HSFK) and visiting professor at the National Research University – University of Economics in Moscow. For the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI), he wrote the regional report on post-Soviet Eurasia.
Putin will remain Russia’s strong man for another six years. But his muscle-flexing on the international stage is designed to divert attention from the country’s dismal economic outlook. A key feature of democratic elections, according to Polish-American political scientist Adam Przeworski, is their “institutionalized uncertainty”: Anyone can win. There is no question that Russia’s presidential […]