Russian Analytical Digest : No. 154: Elites and Oligarchs

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No. 154: Elites and Oligarchs

Author(s): Marcin Kaczmarski, Jadwiga Rogoża

Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov

Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)

Issue: 154

Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University

Publication Year: 2014

This edition examines the role of elites and oligarchs in Russia. Firstly, Jadwiga Rogoża outlines how – following the annexation of Crimea – the Russian authorities seem stronger than ever, and assesses the costs that Russia will likely pay for the Kremlin’s political “stability” and geopolitical successes. Secondly, Marcin Kaczmarski suggests that the competition between domestic power-holders currently found in Putin’s Russia can be seen as a form of pluralism, and that the evolving distribution of these domestic power relations influence Russia’s international behavior, particularly the implementation of its foreign policy.

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