During the past couple of years — especially since the start of 2019 — Russian institutions, corporations, and other key players of the political system have started taking more initiative. They are increasingly pushing the boundaries of what they are permitted to do at the expense of others, sparking intra-system conflicts. The “every man for himself” approach has reached a new level in which the priorities of certain “corporations” take precedence over the priorities of the system as a whole, and the private takes precedence over the public.
The overall context of President Vladimir Putin’s current term has changed radically, especially compared to his first two presidential terms. Back then, the system focused on building and restoring the power vertical: the aggregation of formal and informal norms and institutions that sought to collectively solve problems…
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