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MOSCOW BLOG: Propensity to protest spikes as Russians worry over wages and family

August 15, 2017

To Russians, wages, the economy and social policy are Russia's main challenges today, says state-owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), and the grinding recession has led to a dramatic jump in the propensity to protest.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin plays to the gallery in annual marathon call-in

June 15, 2017

President concentrates on problems faced by normal Russians during four-hour session, with half an eye on 2018 presidential elections he is widely expected to win.

MOSCOW BLOG: Where did all the colour revolutions go?

June 9, 2017

What happened to the colour revolutions in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine? All are in retreat in one way or another, and none have delivered on their promise of deep change and a better life.

MOSCOW BLOG: Putin ebullient at St Petersburg forum as Russia revives

June 2, 2017

Vladimir Putin looked relaxed and self confident during his keynote speech at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum as he joked and batted NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly's tough questions aside.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia must reform now or face stagnation

May 5, 2017

There is a historic battle going on among Kremlin intellectuals over Russia’s perennial question: What’s to be done? Should the country prudently husband its financial resources or borrow heavily and stimulate via investing?