The Centre for Political Technologies
Alexey Makarkin, Vice President of the Center for Political Technologies
The Center for Political Technologies (CPT), founded in 1991, is one of the oldest think tanks in Russia. The Center specialises in political and business consulting and works on promoting Russia's image in the world. CPT has organized a number of events and provided commentary on how to improve Russia's image after the August 2008 war with Georgia.
The Center has a permanent staff of 70 people working in 13 departments; in addition, it regularly hires experienced professionals on a part-time basis in order to support the implementation of different projects. Since 2002 CPT has been running Politcom.ru, an award-winning analytical commentary-focused website. The site is updated daily and receives an average of 6,000 visits per day. The CPT's Department of CIS Countries, headed by political analyst Sergey Mikheyev, tracks developments in the post-Soviet space. It has also been involved in election campaigns in former Soviet republics.
CPT experts regularly publish in leading Russian newspapers and journals such as Kommersant, Profile, Vedomosti, and others, and appear on TV and the radio. While rarely going against mainstream political thinking, CPT analysts tend to embrace a more moderate, pragmatic position on Russian policy toward post-Soviet countries
- Alexei Makarkin in Open Democracy on the European factor in Russian politics. He also discusses how the Russian political system might change in the future: "There are two scenarios in which the situation may change. The first, unlikely, one is that the executive will make some move towards limiting its powers, of its own accord, and in its own time. There are no precedents for this in Russian history. The second, more likely, scenario is that a change in the socio-political situation will lead to a new unilateral revision of the contract between the state and the populace, with the latter once again clamouring for democratic rights. This revision under pressure from below could become quite dramatic. For we have no civilised procedures for dealing with crises. There is no strong opposition capable of putting forward alternative proposals for political and economic development."
- Alexei Makarkin on the phenomenon of Orange Revolutions in the post-Soviet space (in 2005) in Russia in Global Affairs: "The expression "orange revolution" stands for those peaceful actions of the middle class (intelligentsia, small and medium-sized businesses, students) of various countries which are aimed at achieving one global goal: Westernization. The participants of these movements do not only desire to live in Europe, but also have grounds for believing that if political changes occur in their country, this dream can come true in 10 to 15 years. It is for this reason they take to the streets where they are prepared to stay in freezing temperatures for days or even weeks. Accordingly, everything that runs counter to European integration