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Social sources of political polarization in Russia (Socialist Register 2022 on Leftstreamed)

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Two Saint Petersburg authors from the 2022 volume of the Socialist Register recently offered a compelling account of rising urban-rural and core-periphery polarization in Russia under the authoritarian nationalism of Vladimir Putin. During an event introduced by Greg Albo (coeditor of the Socialist Register 2022) Ilya Matveev (Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) and Oleg Zhuravlev (Public Sociology Laboratory, Center for Independent Social Research), elucidated why it is that until recently Putin was able to rely on the apathetic indifference of the people and general appeals to social stability to maintain unchallenged power.

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