What dictators talk about

Olesya Zakharova discusses the main devices in dictators' language

The Language of a Successful Dictator: How to Remain Popular Without Ending Repressions

Olesya Zakharova on Vladimir Putin’s argumentation schemes

Putin on Democracy

Olesya Zakharova looks into Putin's evolving views on democracy

Valery Zorkin’s rejection of the rule of law

Olesya Zakharova unpacks the philosophy of Russia's latest constitutional reforms

How does Putin justify resetting his term-limit clock?

Olesya Zakharova on the rhetoric of popular sovereignty used to maintain an authoritarian regime in Russia

Putin vs Zhukov: Two Views on Civic Responsibility

Olesya Zakharova on how a young Russian student is reframing his president's ideas of civic responsibility

The Taming of Russia’s Civil Society

Strict government controls over NGO funding is pushing Russia's civil society into a state of muted compliance

Strangers in Their Own Home

Russia’s authorities do not respect the individuality of some of their own citizens, which in turn promotes public attitudes of intolerance

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation versus Human Rights

In today’s Russia, constitutional lawyers are creating “alternatives” to human rights

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