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Gel’man discusses long-term regime continuity in Russia

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

On Tuesday, Feb. 9,  Vladimir Gel’man, professor of political science in the European University at St. Petersburg and professor of Russian politics in the University of Helsinki, discussed critical issues of Russian politics in a broader comparative perspective in an online lecture, “Challenges to Russian Authoritarianism: Is Putin Forever?” 

In 2020, Russia underwent constitutional changes, aimed at possible extension of Vladimir Putin’s term in office until 2036, with the explicit goal of “cementing” Russia’s political landscape in order to avoid the threat of major changes, Gel’man explained in his opening remarks. He went on to detail how Russian authoritarianism has been faced with challenges of rising public discontent amid poor institutional performance and how the Kremlin has responded to these challenges — and to what extent long-term regime continuity is a feasible goal for Russia. 

“Challenges to Russian Authoritarianism: Is Putin Forever?” was sponsored by the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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