This book provides an overview of the state of Russia after the 2012 presidential election. It considers a wide range of both domestic and international issues, examining both the run up to and the consequences of the election. It covers political, economic, and social topics. It assesses the political scene both before and after the election, and discusses the nature of and likely future of democracy in Russia. The election’s impact on the Russian economy is discussed in detail, as are Russia’s relationships with the United States, the European Union, and other parts of the world.

part I|86 pages

Domestic affairs

chapter 1|16 pages

The 2011–12 Russia elections

The next chapter in Russia's post-Communist transition?

chapter 2|23 pages

Courts, law and policing under Medvedev

Many reforms, modest change, new voices 1

part II|49 pages

Economic and international related issues

chapter 7|20 pages

Tandemology as spectator sport

The course of Medvedev's campaigns to curb corruption and encourage modernization

chapter 8|15 pages

The Kremlin's future priorities in harnessing hard power

Beyond the “Tandem” and “New Look”

part III|79 pages

Foreign affairs

chapter 9|14 pages

Russia and the West

Integration and tensions

chapter 10|14 pages

Russia–European Union relations after 2012

Good, bad, indifferent?

chapter 11|17 pages

Russia and Central Asia

Does the tail wag the dog?

chapter 12|18 pages

Moscow's evolving partnership with Beijing

Countering Washington's hegemony

chapter 14|3 pages

Concluding remarks