is a sociologist and the head of the Levada Center (Analititscheskij Centr Jurija Levady) in Moscow.
Russian public opinion and Vladimir Putin's "Ukrainian policy"
How can it be that, in contrast to the international community, virtually no one in Russia believed that Russian-backed separatists shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in July? Beyond press censorship, Lev Gudkov looks to Russians themselves, who increasingly hear only what they want to. [more]
From Soviet totalitarianism to Putin's authoritarianism
The central pillars of Soviet rule such as the secret services, the army and the judicial system, have remained largely intact long after the USSR ceased to exist. And Putin has been alarmingly successful in using them to maintain his own authoritarian regime, writes Lev Gudkov. [more]
On the technology of authoritarianism in Russia
Far from having "restored Russia's greatness", the Putin regime has ushered in a new stage of social decay. Elections in Russia have become an act of mass obedience on the part of a society unable to imagine anything better. [more]
Negative mobilization and collective cynicism
Russia is degenerating into a police state, society has descended into poverty, and the country is becoming increasingly isolated, writes Lev Gudkov. Worse still: the Russian public is united only in the view that talk of common goals is the empty rhetoric of demagogues. [more]
How the Khodorkovsky case benefits the Putin regime
Cynicism, argue Gudkov and Dubin, is eroding the foundations of the Putin regime and destabilizing its system of controlled democracy. [more]
How the war provides Russia with its identity
The commemoration of victory in the "Great Patriotic War" serves the centralist and repressive social order imposed in the post-totalitarian culture and society under Vladimir Putin. Lev Gudkov desribes the taboos in Russia surrounding the underside of victory. [more]