policy advisor, political scientist, currently based in Shanghai
blogging about Russian politics
Умом Россию не понять,
Аршином общим не измерить:
У ней особенная стать —
В Россию можно только верить.
Who would grasp Russia with the mind?
For her no yardstick was created:
Her soul is of a special kind,
By faith alone appreciated.
(Fyodor Tyutchev, trans. by John Dewey)
This blog means to be a small contribution to the solution of the eternal question: who runs Russia and how?
For this purpose I will use instruments of kremlinology, political science, statistics as well as thoughts and assumptions plucked out of thin air.