SCRS publish a number of reports each year on topics of special interest to our customers. The reports normally deal with subjects within our focus on core values in Russia and their transition or in one of our three focus areas: Russian economic development (incl energy and sanctions), Russian external influence (incl security policy), and Russian information and domestic policy (incl media and IT).
A sample of reports from the past four years:
RUSSIAN ECONOMIC INFLUENCE IN LATVIA
The first report of 2021 is aimed at providing an overview of how Latvia’s and, to some extent, the other Baltic countries’ relations with Russia have evolved over time. Latvia’s relation with Russia can be divided into two different periods. The first period was characterized by a focus on improving its economic ties to Russia and serving as a bridge between Russia and the EU for economic investments. This changed, however, with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine in 2014 and Latvia’s relation with Russia has since been characterized by a securitization.
RECENT TRENDS OF VALUES IN RUSSIA
Recent trends of values in Russia analyzes the recent changes of the latest World Values Survey in Russia. The movement in a more conservative direction is not proceeding as quickly as we thought from analyzing the Russian regime’s official statements, media and domestic political debates. In particular in 2014, following the annexation of Crimea, president Putin’s speeches, official statements, new state strategies, news media and the domestic debates moved distinctly in a nationalistic, conservative direction.
KREMLIN: THE NEXT GENERATION
Report 20-02 focuses on the Russian patronal system that has and will continue to shape decisionmakers in Russia. The report examines the foundation of the current patronal system, which began many years before Putin became president, and how it has evolved over the years since he assumed the office in 2000. Based on this and the current state of affairs we also try to discern deciding factors for a potential next generation of leaders.
RUSSIA UNDER CHINISE EYES
The first report in 2018 deals with Chinese and Russian values and relations. Sino-Russian relations are usually assumed to be close, substantial, and bound to prosper and to last. To believe this may be natural for states worried by Russia and China, inclined to view both as opponents of the liberal world order, all but condemned to cooperate. Some of that is true, as this paper will reflect. But it is equally true that seen from Beijing, Russia is a minor concern.
RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVES ON FINTECH
Russian perspectives on fintech focuses on the fintech industry in Russia, how it has developed and the presence of some Russian fintech actors in Europe. It takes a deep dive into various national champions, such as Sberbank and Mail.ru Group, that has taken a leading role in developing their respective branches, but also expanding their businesses by acquiring companies working in everything from food delivery to surveillance. In other words, there are tendencies of increased levels of synergies, as companies see a need for a more comprehensive approach to their businesses by including various types of technologies and solutions in their operations.
The first report of 2017 describes and analyzes the basic values of Russia at various levels; Russian values in relation to the rest of the world, the values of ordinary Russians, the values in Russian elites, and the values of president Putin. In doing so, a new vantage point for interpreting the events and developments in Russia has come into sharp relief: a difference between Western and Russian values can be discerned – and more importantly it can be described and quantified.
Briefs are published by SCRS in topics of special interest to our customers. Normally they are comments to news or events concerning Russia. They consist of a brief background, a description of what has happened and an analysis of the effects or consequences to Sweden.
State of the Russian economy
We put great emphasis on working closely with our clients so that our continuous input fit their processes, ranging from decision-making and internal training to data management. One such project is the Russian Media Monitoring platform (RMM) – an ML-driven service which we developed in order to be able to continuously track specific topics of interest.