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The state of mind: transformation of public opinion in Russia, 2018-2021

Lecture by Ekaterina Schulman.

Phot of Ekaterina Schulman

Ekaterina Schulman, foto: Wikimedia

In this lecture Schulman plans to describe the tendencies in the Russian public opinion as manifested in polling results, other types of sociological data and in political behaviour; electoral and protest. The description follows these transformation since the start of the erosion of Crimean consensus - 2016-2017, to the first occurrences of "protest voting" on the regional elections of 2018, the after-effects of presidential elections of 2018, pension age reform, to further protest activity of 2019, the voting for the constitutional amendment, mass protests and parliamentary elections of 2021 and the effects of covid restrictions on the loyalistic base. She will place these transformations within the broader context of power and generational transit of the 2020's and the gradual change of values that affects the way Russian society thinks of itself and the outside world. How far are we justified in speaking of the "Russian society" as a whole? What are the regional and generational divides within it? How can the Russian "proto-party" groups or opinion clouds be described, and how could these correspond to the people's political behaviour in the nearest future? 

Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist specializing in legislative processes, parliamentarism and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes. She holds a position of a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow and at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES), aka “Shaninka”, and an Associate Fellow for Chatham House. From December 2018 to October 2019 she was a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. 
Schulman is the author of the books Legislation as a Political Process and Practical Politology: a Guide to the Contact with Reality (collection of articles), and one of the co-authors of The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia (Brookings Institution Press 2018), edited by Daniel Treisman. Mrs. Schulmann is a regular contributor to Vedomosti newspaper, The New Times magazine, online media such as, and others. She hosts of a weekly program on the radio station Echo Moskvy dedicated to popularizing political science terminology and concepts. Previously, she has worked as a civil servant in a local administration, deputy’s assistant, political faction analyst and expert in Analytical department of the Russian State Duma, and legislative affairs director of a consulting company.
Published Nov. 25, 2021 3:05 PM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2021 3:04 PM