Challenges of a changing Russia

When Elena Prokhorova, professor of Russian studies and the film studies program at the College of William and Mary, visits her native land, Russia, she doesn’t go there sightseeing.

Her goal is to use the tools of comparative analysis to assess the changes occurring in Russia. She recently returned from her yearly visit and her report is a mixed bag of good and bad news.

“I travel to Russia at least once a year, so the changes I see are incremental. But since 2014 — the annexation of Crimea, the war in Ukraine and U.S. sanctions — the economic situation has been worsening,” Prokhorova recently told the Gazette.

She explained that the Putin regime uses federal TV...