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Russia: Eternal Enigmas Stand-Alone Module

Russia's internal politics remain a mystery to many observers. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Russia's internal politics remain a mystery to many observers. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Join us for the Stand Alone Module on Russian contemporary politics and broaden your understanding of the impact identity politics have both historically and currently on Russia.

News from Sep 14, 2015

Time and again, political processes in Russia catch both observers and analysts by surprise, and as such, they are considered to be mysterious and unpredictable. The roots of this unpredictability are manifold, connected to changing patterns and mechanisms behind the curtains of power. These include the introduction of shock therapy and the re-nationalization of key industries afterwards, the undermining of the evolving democratic framework by informal practices as well as the paradoxical mixture of the formal rights of the Russian Federation’s subjects and the centralized decision-making which pervades its current politics.

The perception of Russia’s uniqueness emanates from its political-economic development and the discourse addressing this “otherness” both internally and in the West. "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key…” stated Winston Churchill more than 70 years ago. This key has not been found yet, but the current developments in Ukraine and the growing confrontation with the West proves that it is still worth searching for.

Register for the Stand Alone Module ‘Russia: Eternal Enigmas’ at the Center for Global Politics starting on October 5 and get acquainted with Russia’s path in order to understand present-day Russian politics. Your guide during the journey through Russia’s past and present will be CGP’s dedicated instructor and professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Sergey Medvedev. Meet fellow students from all over the world and make use of our blended learning program while pursuing your career and continuing your everyday activities!

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