Russia's Political Future: War, Regime Transformation and Change

What were the main legislative trends in Russia since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine? Has Putin’s regime completed its transformation into a totalitarian system? What are the prospects and potential forms of regime change in Russia? This talk will explore these and other topics surrounding Russia’s political future in light of the war.

Ekaterina Schulmann is a Russian political scientist, lecturer, columnist, and Robert Bosch Academy fellow. She specialises in legislative processes in Russia, parliamentary systems, and hybrid political regimes. She is the author of Legislation as a Political Process and Practical Politology: a guide to the contact with realityand a co-author of The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia.

In Russia, Ekaterina Schulmann worked as an associate professor of the RANEPA and an associate professor of the Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences. As of 2023, she is an associate professor at M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University. She runs a YouTube channel with a 1 million subscriber audience, where she discusses political and legislative processes and popularises political science.

The talk is organised by the Oxford University’s Perspektiva Society. Perspektiva is dedicated to presenting distinct non-western perspectives to western audiences. We are a group of Oxford postgraduate students who want to give a platform to Russian and Eurasian voices in Western academia by building bridges of understanding and dialogue. Based at St. Antony’s College, Oxford we aim to invite prominent scholars, activists, journalists and policymakers from the former USSR to speak to students and faculty on matters of culture, politics, and much more.