As China holds the18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, the world ponders upon the challenges and perils the country will face in the midst of political transition. As China grows in economic and military strength, the political and social stability that challenge the second largest economy in the world, are increasingly important for the future of its rapid growth and future.
During the last months the Russian political scenario has dramatically changed. In spite of Putin’s new election, a strong and fighting - though still divided - opposition has appeared. Such an evolution has surprised many observers, mainly because investigations of inner dynamics of contemporary Russia are largely neglected. The fluid situation of the country after the electoral contest is the focus of this ISPI Study, which takes into consideration some remarkable political and social issues of a rapidly transforming Russia (civil society, the Internet, middle class, religion).