Spring Session of State Duma: New Quality of Work

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The State Duma has officially started its spring session. Vyacheslav Volodin, State Duma Speaker, addressed the plenary session saying that “this session is a crucial stage of our work, and it lays the foundation for years to come”. The spring parliamentarian session will include 40 plenary meetings and 6 weeks of work in the regions. Rethinking Russia think tank interviewed Alexander Pozhalov, Research Director at ISEPR Foundation, about the main objectives and challenges the State Duma will be confronted with in its spring session.

Drafting Parliamentarianism

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The first session of the State Duma’s seventh convocation took place in October 2016. However, Russian parliamentarianism is more deeply rooted in history. If we take into account the pre-revolutionary Dumas, it is the eleventh convocation.

USSR: the Unnecessary Collapse

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A quarter-century ago the Soviet Union disappeared. Valery Fedorov, director general of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM), talked to the Istorick magazine [“Historian”] about the reasons for country’s disintegration, the role of Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin and about what the nostalgia for the USSR is like in modern Russia.