January 7, 2016
By Maria Snegovaya
For Russia in the new year, trends shaped by earlier developments in 2015 will continue to intensify.
Russia’s domestic economic situation will steadily worsen, although according to many analysts, at least in 2016, the Kremlin will have enough resources to sustain the status quo. The number of local protests (such as the recent protests by Russian truck drivers against new highway tolls) will steadily increase across the country. But in 2016, they are not yet likely to reach the level that would create real problems for the system.
Nonetheless, the regime’s paranoia about its survival will keep intensifying …read more
Source: Center on Global Interests