Democracy in Russia? Think Local.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
12:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Yana Gorokhovskaia, postdoctoral fellow in Russian Politics at the Harriman Institute.

Federal and regional politics in Russia remain largely inaccessible to independent and opposition politicians. Yet at the municipal level, Russia is experiencing a democratic Renaissance. In Moscow, individuals opposed to the current regime made significant inroads during September's electionseven shutting out members of the ruling United Russia party from several districts, including the one where Vladimir Putin lives and votes. 

Using evidence from post-election interviews conducted with local politicians in Moscow, Dr. Gorokhovskaia examines the reasons that drew an unprecedented number of people to local politics as well as the strategies that led to the oppositionists' electoral success. She also looks at the key differences between this election and previous ones and discusses what the emergence of democratic contestation at the local level could mean for the future of Russian politics. 

Yana Gorokhovskaia is a postdoctoral fellow in Russian politics at the Harriman Institute. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Her work on the connection between elections and protest in Russia has appeared in Post-Soviet Affairs. She has also written for EurasiaNet.org, IPI Global Observatory, Public Seminar Review and the Harriman Magazine. Her work has been cited in the New York Times. In October 2017, Dr. Gorokhovskaia conducted fieldwork in Moscow made possible by a PepsiCo Harriman Institute Fellowship. Harriman's Postdoc in Russian Politics position is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.