I grew up in Russia of the 90s in a provincial city a few hours northeast of Moscow. Mid-way through my undergraduate studies I secured a scholarship to spend an academic year in the US where I majored in International Relations. Post-graduation I moved to Shanghai and spent a total of nearly 7 years studying and working in China. Trying to make sense of this new Russia that did not exist for me 10 years ago, I blog at the Russky controversy
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Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.
While the electoral success of the Far Right worries some in the European community, many Russians have welcomed the surge in Euro-skepticism as a vindication of Moscow’s anti-EU posturing.