Upcoming events:

22.10.2021 Alexandra Rumyantseva, data analyst at the Center for Advanced Governance (Moscow) and lecturer at the EUSP: ‘Does co-optation matter for protest mobilization? Evidence from the Russian protests against the pension reform in 2018’, 14:00-16:00

The Russian pension reform in 2018 put an end to the ‘rallying around’ the political leader V. Putin and pulled down his rating back to the usual 60%. The reform revised the retirement age and suggested a five-year increase from 55 to 60 for women and from 60 to 65 for men. This lead to a massive outcry and protests in almost all Russian regions. Tens of thousands of protesters took into the streets claiming that the state reneged on its basic social obligations and that given the average life expectancy it is unlikely to most of the would-be retirees would live up to the pension age at all.
This paper addresses the question of whether the in-system political parties affected the frequency and scale of protests in Russian regions. There is evidence that some systemic opposition supported the protesters, while most of the observers argue that systemic parties cooperated with the state and promoted demobilization of the protest movement. In other words, does political co-optation decrease protest?
Our preliminary findings suggest that in-system parties, against expectations, favors the scale and frequency of protest: a larger share of systemic opposition in local legislatures is positively associated with a protest on a city level. We collected an original dataset of 616 municipal districts from which in 317 there were protests. We measure protest through its frequency per region and locality as well as a number of coalitions between opposition actors.

Andrei Semenov, Senior Researcher at the Center for Comparative History and Politics at Perm State University and Aleksantere Institute former Visiting Researcher, will act as a discussant.

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25-26.10.2021 – International Workshop

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