“Russia under Putin: 20 years of battling over civil society”

A major report on the state of civil society in Russia from the Institute of Modern Russia.

Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia for 20 years. During this time he has created a sustainable authoritarian system, a targeted repression apparatus, and a powerful propaganda machineā€”all of which allow him to compete with relative success both inside Russia and abroad.

To mark this grim milestone, IMR has launched ā€œRussia under Putinā€ project to take a birdā€™s-eye view of the last two decades, focusing on social and political developments that are often found beyond the narratives related to Putin.

The project is organized in two parts. The first part is a series of three reports dedicated to Russian civil society forces that operate under authoritarian conditionsā€”protest movementcivil society organizations, and independent media. The second part is a timeline that retraces key events that have defined Russiaā€™s political agenda over the last 20 years.

Here is the report on civil society.

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