This book provides an overview of the state of Russia after the 2012 presidential election. It considers a wide range of both domestic and international issues, examining both the run up to and the consequences of the election. It covers political, economic, and social topics. It assesses the political scene both before and after the election, and discusses the nature of and likely future of democracy in Russia. The election’s impact on the Russian economy is discussed in detail, as are Russia’s relationships with the United States, the European Union, and other parts of the world.
Foreword: The Tandem Forever? Peter Konecny Part 1: Domestic Affairs 1. The 2011-2012 Russia Elections: The Next Chapter in Russia’s Post Communist Transition? Joan De Bardeleben 2. Courts, Law and Policing under Medvedev: Many Reforms, Modest Change, New Voices Peter H. Solomon, Jr. 3. Centre-Periphery and State-Society Relations in Putin’s Russia John Young 4. The Challenges and Prospects of Reforming Russia’s Higher Education System Elena Maltseva 5. Has the Putin-Medvedev Tandem Improved Women’s Rights? Andrea Chandler Part 2: Economic and International-Related Issues 6. The Economic Situation in Present-Day Russia V. V. Popov 7. Tandemology as Spectator Sport: The Course of Medvedev’s Campaigns to Curb Corruption and Encourage Modernization J.L. Black 8. The Kremlin’s Future Priorities in Harnessing Hard Power: Beyond the ‘Tandem’ and ‘New Look’ Roger N. McDermott Part 3: Foreign Affairs 9. Russia and the West: Integration and Tension Sergei Plekhanov 10. Russia-European Union Relations After 2012 — Good, Bad, Indifferent? Michael Johns 11. Russia and Central Asia: Does the Tail Wag the Dog? Jeff Sahadeo 12. Moscow’s Evolving Partnership with Beijing — Countering Washington’s Hegemony Jacques Lévesque 13. Defence Innovation and Russian Foreign Policy Frederic Labarre Concluding Remarks