Critical Perspectives on Putin’s Third Period

In March 2017, several anti-corruption demonstrations took place in Russian cities. Why do Russians take to the streets in 2017, and what is their message? Requires registration.

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Demonstrations were non-violent and not as large as the 2011/12 electoral demonstrations, and demonstrators were younger. The spark was Aleksei Navalny’s revealing anti-corruption video on Dmitrii Medvedev. This protest was one of many protests in the period from 2012 to 2017.

At the capstone conference of the Norwegian Research Council sponsored project “New Political Groups and the Russian State” (NEPORUS) on June 2nd 2017, we ask the following questions:

  • How do Russians perceive the deliveries of Putin’s third executive term?
  • How does the elite deal with protests and is the elite unified in its pursuit of policy options?  
  • What are the major issues that mobilize non-systemic opposition politicians?
Programme (as of 24 April 2017)  
08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and registration
09:00 – 09:10: Words of welcome.Geir Flikke, NEPORUS project leader.
09:10 – 11:30 Panel 1: Developments in the Russian Executive:
  Chair: Ingerid Opdahl (Institute for Defense Studies Norway)
  Panel 1a): The Putin Executive: Legitimacy and Performance
  Pat Willerton: Does Putin Deliver? Perceptions of National Identity and the Economy.
  Bo Petersson: The Halo of Leadership: Putin in a Legitimizing Mythscape
  Qs and As
  15 minutes Break for Coffee
  Panel 1b): Critical Perspectives on Elite Unity and Control
  Caro V. Pallin: Executive Control over Elections and Information: Unity or Disunity?
  Jardar Østbø (Lecturer. Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, UiO): Spiritual Values: An Elite Panacea?
  Qs and As
11:30 – 12: 30 Lunch
12:30 – 14:50 Panel 2: Developments in Russian Society
  Chair: Sirke Mäkinen (University of Tampere)
  Panel 2a: Non-System Opposition Mobilization and Protesting
  Pål Kolstø: Bridge Builders and Bridge Wreckers: Who is Navalny?
  Geir Flikke: “Monstrations for Mocracy”: Irony and Frame Amplification in Youth Protests.
  Qs and As
  15 minutes Break for Coffee
  Panel 2b: Trends in Civil Society: Political or Non-Political?
  Anna Tarasenko: Popular Mobilization in St. Petersburg: Trends and Explanations.
  Elena Belokurova: Russian NGOs: Trends, Uncertainties and International Contacts.
  Discussant: Inna Sangadzhieva (NHC)
  Qs and As
14:50-15:00 Conference summary (Rainer-Elk Anders, NORRUSS board)
15:00 End conference

The NEPORUS project received a grant from the Norwegian Research Council for the period 2014 – 2017. It has produced 9 articles in area-studies journals, and on June 2nd, researchers share central findings from the project with the public.

Published May 4, 2017 2:42 PM - Last modified July 5, 2019 12:47 PM