Subnational Protests in Russia Post-2012: Identifying Patterns of Street Contention in the Five Years Since Russia’s Winter of Protest

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Katerina Tertytchnaya, DPhil (Ph.D.) at the University of Oxford and predoctoral fellow at Columbia University, and Yana Gorokhovskaia, postdoctoral research scholar at the Harriman Institute.

Support for this event is provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is part of our Russian Studies & Policy event series.

Much scholarly and media attention was devoted to the anti-electoral fraud protests that surprised many domestic and foreign observers and spread throughout Russian cities during the winter of 2011-12. Since Vladimir Putin’s election to the presidency in March 2012, the protests have been overshadowed by international conflict, sanctions, and cyber warfare. However, throughout Russia citizens continue to take to the streets voicing political, social, environmental, and economic demands. Drawing on original data, the research presented here outlines patterns of protest in Russia from 2013 to 2016. The presentation of two scholars with independent but complementary research agendas on protest will discuss the nature of protester demands and repertoire of tactics, as well as the impact of protest on regime actions.  

Katerina Tertytchnaya is a DPhil (PhD) candidate in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford and a Fulbright-Schumann predoctoral fellow at Columbia’s Department of Political Science. Her dissertation studies public support for government under electoral authoritarianism. She is the lead protest data analyst for the LSE-based Political Mobilization and Democracy Project.

Yana Gorokhovskaia is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Harriman Institute working on Russian Politics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2016. Her recent article “Testing for Sources of Electoral Competition Under Authoritarianism: An Analysis of Russia’s Gubernatorial Elections” appears in Post-Soviet Affairs