Overwhelming support for Putin’s constitution changes a wake-up call for Westerners who claim Russian system is bound to collapse

The main takeaway from Russia’s ‘national vote’ on a series of amendments to the constitution is one a lot of people won’t want to hear: Most Russians want the country to plow its own furrow, regardless of what outsiders think. … Read More >Overwhelming support for Putin’s constitution changes a wake-up call for Westerners who claim Russian system is bound to collapse

45% of Russians had no savings before coronavirus pandemic led to spike in unemployment – new survey

Almost half of all Russians had no money saved when Covid-19 hit the country, according to a new survey, with only 26% of the population having enough to survive self-isolation if all sources of income were stopped. … Read More >45% of Russians had no savings before coronavirus pandemic led to spike in unemployment – new survey

Russians vote in favor of changes to constitution enabling Putin to remain as president until 2036 – preliminary results

Exit polls after the Russian constitutional vote show 71 percent of the country supported the proposed amendments while just over 28 percent were opposed. The amendments are major updates to Russia’s most important legal document. … Read More >Russians vote in favor of changes to constitution enabling Putin to remain as president until 2036 – preliminary results

Veteran Russian liberals Pozner & Pamfilova reject claims that constitutional changes are solely about a Putin 2036 power grab

The Western media has made Wednesday’s vote on Russia’s Constitution about one issue: Giving President Vladimir Putin the option to ‘rule’ until 2036. However, those who understand Russia better take a more nuanced view. … Read More >Veteran Russian liberals Pozner & Pamfilova reject claims that constitutional changes are solely about a Putin 2036 power grab

Russia’s visa liberalization speeds up with simplification of requirements for foreign visitors with Russian relatives

The Russian visa process is notoriously difficult and off-putting for many mulling a visit to the world’s biggest country. Now, there’s some good news for those with Russian family members as Moscow moves to make the task easier. … Read More >Russia’s visa liberalization speeds up with simplification of requirements for foreign visitors with Russian relatives

76% of early voters say YES to constitutional changes, which could keep Putin in power until 2036 – exit polls

More than three-quarters of those who have voted so far support Russia’s constitutional amendments, according to exit polls. If passed, the changes could allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office until 2036. … Read More >76% of early voters say YES to constitutional changes, which could keep Putin in power until 2036 – exit polls