Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Rome Building, Room 806 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s surprising moves throughout the Ukrainian crisis have highlighted the opaque nature of the decision-making process at the highest levels of the Kremlin. Who are the individuals who most influence Putin’s decisions? What does the changing balance of power within Putin’s inner circle suggest about Russia’s future trajectory? And can Western sanctions eventually turn Putin’s ‘politburo’ against him?

On April 2, 2015, CGI hosted a discussion with Evgeny Minchenko, a leading Russian political consultant and Director of the International Institute for Political Expertise (IIPE) in Moscow, on the findings of his breakout study –“Politburo 2.0” — that maps the changing dynamics of Putin’s inner circle. By tracing proximity to Putin of individual Russian elites across various categories of influence, Minchenko showed how the liberal faction of Putin’s inner circle has gradually given way to the hardliner siloviki.

The full presentation can be viewed below: