Aldo Ferrari, Senior ISPI, presents the Study.
During the last months the Russian political scenario has dramatically changed. In spite of Putin’s new election, a strong and fighting - though still divided - opposition has appeared. Such an evolution has surprised many observers, mainly because investigations of inner dynamics of contemporary Russia are largely neglected. The fluid situation of the country after the electoral contest is the focus of this ISPI Study, which takes into consideration some remarkable political and social issues of a rapidly transforming Russia (civil society, the Internet, middle class, religion). The various papers of this research draw a multifaceted picture of a country whose crucial challenge consists in integrating stability and change. As a matter of fact Russia needs building a positive interaction between power and opposition to implement a process of broad a nd effective modernization; otherwise, its huge natural resources will not save Russia from a path of political, economical, and strategic decline.