President’s authoritarianism has barred the rise of any challenger
APRIL 11, 2017
The prime minister has denied the accusations but the focus on him “makes it much more likely that Medvedev will have to go”, says Tatyana Stanovaya, a political analyst at the Center for Political Technologies, a Moscow think-tank.
Ms Stanovaya believes significant political changes remain a long way off. “They will only happen when you start seeing an open split in the elites,” she says.
Today, the willingness to protest may be too nascent, and Mr Navalny too weak, to convince members of the political elite to join. Ms Stanovaya says: “Until that happens again, a lot more time is needed for dissatisfaction to gradually accumulate.”