Georgiy Syunyaev is a Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Institutions and Political Inequality Unit. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University (New York, USA) and previously received a graduate degree in Economics from Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). His research focuses on the political economy of weak and non-democratic regimes with a regional focus on Post-Soviet Countries. He is specifically interested in government incentives for decentralization as well as the role of mass media in framing responsibility for public policy.