Scientists from Higher School of Economics (HSE) and University of Valladolid have developed a neural network prediction model of corruption based on economic and political factors. The results of the research were published in Social Indicators Research.
Russians took the Sochi Olympics as a family holiday rather than a state one.
Their parents’ nostalgic memories about the 1980 Olympic Games played their
role, which were a personal and at the same time a national event for many
Russians. Sochi 2014’s promotion as a national holiday worked worse, though.
For young people, the excitement in official media was drowned by criticism of
the Olympics on the internet, Anna Sanina, Associate Professor at the HSE St.
Petersburg Department of State and Municipal Administration, and research
assistants Anastasia Kozlova and Olesya Trigolos, found out
Russian statistics are scarce, inaccurate, ormissing – and therefore misleading, rather than helpful. Their limited temporal depth makes any reliable long-term projections of the country's socio-economic development impossible, according to the report 'Russian Statistics: What Do They Preserve for History?' by Vladimir Bessonov, Head of the HSE’s Laboratory for Research in Inflation and Growth
The Kremlin wants to change its relations with the business elites. While one part of the ‘government vertical’ hopes to maintain the status-quo of the mid-2000s, another one trying to broaden the social base of government to include medium-sized businesses. But if the bureaucrats want to win support and improve the investment climate in Russia, representatives of other elites need to be drawn into the discussion
According to a recent study by Transparency International, as part of the Global Corruption Barometer 2013, 92% of Russians are disaffected with the level of corruption in the country, and furthermore, they distrust the government and are ready to take on the fight against this evil themselves