Andrei Kolesnikov

Senior Fellow and Chair
Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
Carnegie Moscow Center
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Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.


MA, Moscow State University, Law Department, 1987


English; French; Polish; Russian

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Andrei Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research focuses on the major trends shaping Russian domestic politics, with particular focus on ideological shifts inside Russian society.

Kolesnikov also works with the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and is a frequent contributor for, and He sits on the board of the Yegor Gaidar Foundation and is a member of the Committee of Civil Initiatives (the Alexei Kudrin Committee).

Kolesnikov has worked for a number of leading Russian publications. He previously was the managing editor of Novaya Gazeta newspaper and served as deputy editor in chief of Izvestia and The New Times.

Kolesnikov has taught courses on journalism and modern media at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

He has won numerous journalism awards, including the Russian Golden Quill (Zolotoye Pero Rossii) Award, the Adam Smith Prize, and the Federal Press Agency Award.

Kolesnikov is author of several books, including a biography of Anatoly Chubais and an analysis of how speechwriters have impacted history.

  • November 30, 2021 Live Online
    “After Us, the Deluge”: Socioeconomic Risks to Russian Policy

    The prevailing attitude among members of the ruling class appears to be that there is enough oil and gas to keep the state coffers full, buy voters’ loyalty, and control civil society and the media for as long as the country’s current leaders are in power. What comes after that does not concern them—to quote Madam de Pompadour: “After us, the deluge.”

  • May 24, 2021 Live Online
    The U.S.-Soviet World War II Alliance: an Overlooked Legacy?

    The U.S.-Soviet alliance during World War II has often been presented in Russia as a paragon of ideal relations between Moscow and Washington: co-equal, realist to the core, and successful. Even during the Cold War it was praised as an example of what the two powerful countries could do if only they were united by a compelling common cause.

  • The Long Crackdown: Russian Society After the Navalny Protests
    April 28, 2021 Live Online
    The Long Crackdown: Russian Society After the Navalny Protests

    The Russian government’s brutal treatment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has provoked widespread international anger. Yet support for Navalny at home remains surprisingly thin.

  • Taking It to the Streets: Navalny, the Kremlin, and Popular Protest in Russia
    January 29, 2021 Live Online
    Taking It to the Streets: Navalny, the Kremlin, and Popular Protest in Russia

    Last weekend, Russians angry over high-level corruption and the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny protested in 120 cities across the country. How significant is the threat of these protests to President Putin’s leadership? And how will his government respond to the unexpected and well-organized display of popular anger?

  • December 14, 2020 Live Online
    Putin, Unlimited? Challenges to Russia’s Political Regime in 2020 and Beyond

    What are the challenges to Putin’s system? How stable is the Putin majority? What do the domestic protests mean? What signals do the protests in Belarus send to Russia’s elites and civil society? What impact will the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny have? A seminar held by Carnegie Moscow Center and the Embassy of Finland in Russia addressed these questions and much more.

  • September 25, 2018 Moscow Русский
    U.S.-Russia Relations in Conflict

    On September 25, the Carnegie Moscow Center held a discussion on the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship featuring Ivo H. Daalder from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Lev Gudkov from Levada Center.

  • June 5, 2018 Moscow Русский
    Israel: From Independence to the Present Day

    The Carnegie Moscow Center, together with Embassy of Israel in Russia, organized an event dedicated to the history of the country’s formation—from its proclamation of independence to modernity.

  • Do Russians Want Change? New Polling From the Carnegie Moscow Center and Levada Center
    February 8, 2018 Washington, DC
    Putin 4.0: Do Russians Want Change?

    Ahead of the Russian presidential elections, there was no question about the outcome. Yet there is far less certainty about what is actually on the minds of the Russian people and how they feel about the status quo.

  • June 7, 2016 Moscow
    America at a Turning Point: The 2016 Elections

    The Carnegie Moscow Center hosted Michael Tomasky, one of the top U.S. experts on the rise of Donald Trump and a long-time reporter on Hillary Clinton’s approach to electoral politics, to discuss the presidential elections in the United States.

  • November 27, 2015 Moscow
    Israeli Economy and Global Challenges: Situational Analysis in the Context of World and Regional Problems

    Israel’s economy is very successful, but there are some key problems which act as impediments to the country’s future economic and social development.


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