Georgy Bovt on how loans are replacing social policy in Russia
Jeremy Morris wonders whether Russia’s rising tax take is a sign of a state getting more effective, or if it is simply more of a federal fiscal cul de sac
At a time of budget cuts in Russia, Jeremy Morris questions whether the government can extract much more tax revenue from its citizens without spurring resentment or resistance
An ambitious round of social welfare spending and greater worker protections are the Kremlin’s only refuge from voter dismay
Surveys point to a generally negative public perception of Russia’s pension plans. To what extent has this affected their attitude towards Vladimir Putin?
Why has the Kremlin unexpectedly decided to introduce such an unpopular and politically dangerous pension reform?
Contrary to the promises of supporters of pension reform, the average pensioner will not survive until retirement
Here is how the Kremlin is enacting an unpopular economic reform: deny responsibility, declare its inevitability, distract the public with a popular sporting event
Vladimir Putin has broken his promise not to raise Russia’s retirement age. His spokesman is now eager to point out that it was a promise from long ago and times have changed.