This chapter deals with recent developments in Russian politics at the federal and regional level, providing a backdrop to the subsequent discussion of the division of responsibilities in the implementation of international environmental commitments. The first part of this chapter focuses in particular on relations between Moscow and the regions. The second part turns to political and economic developments in Northwestern Russia in recent years. In addition to providing background information about the history, economy, and industry of the region, a major aim is to sketch the overarching power structures of Northwest Russian politics.
Keywords: Russian politics; international environmental commitments; Moscow; Northwestern Russia
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