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Russian governance reforms sustain old political ways

Tuesday, July 6, 2021


Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has the backing he needs to deliver his efficiency programme, which still involves top-down government in which recipients have little say.


  • The prime minister formally ranks second in the hierarchy, but Mishustin is not so far viewed as a potential successor to Putin.
  • Macroeconomic policy management is assigned to specific officials and is not so much Mishustin's mandate.
  • Mishustin will be judged on the government's handling of the pandemic and may be held accountable if the Kremlin needs a scapegoat.

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