Elena Chebankova is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Lincoln. She is the author of Russia’s Federal Relations: Putin’s Reforms and Management of the Regions and Civil Society in Putin’s Russia. She is currently researching ideological landscape in contemporary Russia. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from King’s College, Cambridge. She has previously held Research Fellowships at Wolfson College Cambridge and Linacre College, Oxford.