2015 political transformation in Russia is analyzed in terms of transition from soft authoritarianism to tougher one, and from corporativist-oligarchic regime to personalistic one. Basic features of authoritarianism are used to analyze the recent political development.
A review of "After Newspeak: language, culture and politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin" by Michael Gorham (2014)
Integration of Crimea and Sevastopol into Russian political space is analyzed, including changes in institutions and the managerial system, personnel replacements and new practices adoption.
The most recent shifts within Russian political elites are analyzed in terms of both changing personal composition and the system's political design.