David Szakonyi is a Ph.D. student in comparative politics at Columbia University. His research mainly focuses on the economic policies of dictators, though has been known to stretch into all things post-Soviet and quantitative. Currently, he is dividing his time between New York and Moscow with random sojourns into eccentric autocracies. He is learning to tweet here.
Taking the Polar Bear Plunge in Russia
Finding civil society on the banks of the Moscow River.
What the U.S. Shale Revolution Means for Russia
With the advent of fracking, this resource giant has a lot to lose.
The Disappointments of Russia’s December Protest
Why the opposition is ruining its own chances at success.
The Buck Stops Here: Full Russian Post-Election Report
A quick overview of what happened and what's next in Russian politics.
Beating a Dead Horse? The Future of Russian Protests
Thousands turned out to protest in Russia and it didn’t end pretty. What’s next?
Money Can Buy Him Love: Vote-Buying in Russia
Cost of your vote: 1000 Rubles. Cost of attending a pro-regime rally: 500 Rubles. Six more years of Putin: Priceless.
Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 2)
Innovation has been key to the digital activists challenging Putin, but how far can it really go?
Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 1)
Social networking can help oppose Putin, but are Russian web users representative of the overall public sentiment?