Tatiana Stanovaya
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center


Tatiana Stanovaya is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center. She is also the founder of R.Politik. Reality of Russian Politics, a political analysis firm, and a member of the research council of L’Observatoire, the analysis center of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Stanovaya spent 15 years as head of the analysis department of the Center for Political Technologies, a Moscow-based political consulting firm. She began her career at the Moscow office of the Severstal steel and mining company.

Stanovaya’s research interests include the impact of interest groups on Russian politics, with particular focus on connections within the elite as well as formal and informal mechanisms of decision-making.

A prolific writer on Russian domestic politics and foreign policy, Stanovaya has been quoted widely in Russian and Western media, including the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Le Figaro, Libération, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, RBC, Vedomosti, and Kommersant, among others.

MA, International Independent Ecological-Political University, 2000 MA, Moscow State University, State and Municipal Management Department, 2005
English, French, Russian

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104 Results
Putin’s Reshuffle Is About Optimization, Not Change

The removal of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who had become a toxic figure for the elite, is supposed to increase the efficiency of Russia’s war machine.

· May 15, 2024
In The Media
in the media
Russia's Pro-Putin Elites

Western leaders face the unenviable task of determining how to engage with a Russia that has grown increasingly self-confident, bold, and radical.

· May 9, 2024
Foreign Affairs
Putin’s Six-Year Manifesto Sets Sights Beyond Ukraine

Putin’s state of the nation address should have been a mere pre-election formality, but it left an extremely chilling impression of an unraveling spiral of escalation.

· March 1, 2024
Why Putin’s Interview With Tucker Carlson Didn’t Go to Plan

The Russian leader wanted to use the encounter to reach out to U.S. conservatives, but the two men largely spoke past one another.

· February 12, 2024
As Election Looms, Putin Is in a Wartime Trap of His Own Making

The war in Ukraine is starting to dictate its own rules to Putin. The president and his inner circle are being forced to submit to the new wartime reality that they themselves created.

· January 15, 2024
Putin’s End-of-Year Event Was a (Doomed) Invitation to Dialogue

Putin is waiting for the West to reconsider its policy and start looking for opportunities for an inclusive dialogue. Sending out the signal that Russia is ready for such a dialogue was one of the main aims of the phone-in and press conference.

· December 15, 2023
Why the Russian Authorities Failed to Stop Pogroms in the Caucasus

Both the Prigozhin mutiny earlier this year and now the pogroms in the North Caucasus show that no matter how brutal and impenetrable the Russian regime may seem, it is weak and indecisive when confronted with any non-anti-Putin unrest.

· October 31, 2023
Russia’s Other War: The Administrators Versus the Revisionists

A divide among Russia’s power players over how rapidly and extensively to Sovietize the country could form the basis for a conflict within the elite.

· October 20, 2023
In The Media
in the media
Putin Had Every Reason to Want Prigozhin Gone

For Russia’s elites, the incident serves as a clear warning. Challenging the regime, whatever your achievements, inevitably leads to your downfall.

· August 26, 2023
Why Yevgeny Prigozhin Had to Die

The way in which Prigozhin was apparently killed suggests the Kremlin wanted to show how it deals with traitors. Whatever really happened, the Russian elite will see the air crash as retribution for Wagner’s armed uprising.

· August 25, 2023