This second edition of the highly respected Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society both provides a broad overview of the area and highlights cutting-edge research into the country.

Through balanced theoretical and empirical investigation, each chapter examines both the Russian experience and the existing literature, identifies and exemplifies research trends, and highlights the richness of experience, history, and continued challenges inherent to this enduringly fascinating and shifting polity. Politically, economically, and socially, Russia has one of the most interesting development trajectories of any major country. This Handbook answers questions about democratic transition, the relationship between the market and democracy, stability and authoritarian politics, the development of civil society, the role of crime and corruption, the development of a market economy, and Russia’s likely place in the emerging new world order.

Providing a comprehensive resource for scholars, students, and policy makers alike, this book is an essential contribution to the study of Russian studies/politics, Eastern European studies/politics, and International Relations.

part 1|60 pages


chapter 1|9 pages


chapter 2|10 pages

The Yeltsin era

chapter 3|11 pages

The Putin era

chapter 4|13 pages


chapter 5|15 pages

How Russia compares

part 2|190 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Vladimir Putin

Great leader or ordinary authoritarian?

chapter 7|12 pages

The Russian Constitution

chapter 8|12 pages

The presidency

chapter 10|16 pages

National elections in Russia

chapter 12|11 pages

Local government

chapter 15|12 pages

Politics in Russian regions

chapter 16|11 pages


chapter 17|14 pages

State capacity and Russia

chapter 19|11 pages

Protest and opposition

chapter 20|12 pages

The security services

chapter 21|12 pages

The military

part 3|46 pages

Political economy

chapter 22|10 pages

Political economy

chapter 24|11 pages

The Russian corporation

Between neoliberalism and the security state

chapter 25|12 pages

Russian international economic policy

Purposes and performance

part 4|178 pages


chapter 27|9 pages

Inequality in Russia

chapter 28|11 pages

Russian labour

Between stability and stagnation

chapter 29|11 pages

Gender in Russia

State policy and lived reality

chapter 30|12 pages

The rise of a hybrid welfare state in Putin's Russia

Social welfare under authoritarianism

chapter 32|13 pages

ICT in Putin's Russia


chapter 34|10 pages

The politics of memory

chapter 35|12 pages

Civil society and the state

chapter 36|14 pages

Informal politics

chapter 38|12 pages

Russian nationalism

chapter 39|14 pages

Ethnic relations

chapter 40|12 pages


chapter 44|12 pages

Russia and Belarus

chapter 45|10 pages

Russia's foreign policy in Central Asia

In search of privileged partnership

chapter 46|12 pages

The Kremlin's reverse democracy

Relations with the Caucasus region

chapter 47|11 pages

US–Russian relations

chapter 48|13 pages

Russia and the European Union

The path to a strategic disengagement

chapter 49|11 pages

Russia and China