The arrival of the book New Trends in Russian Political Mentality edited by Elena Shestopal is an important event for the study of contemporary Russian politics and society. This essential volume authored by Russia’s leading sociologists focuses on the particularities of public opinion, political thought, and ideology in Russia during the Putin era. . . The discussion provides important foundations for interpreting the political situation in contemporary Russia for political scientists and public opinion makers in the west. . . . this book is essential reading for all interested audiences, including advanced students of Russia, policy makers, and public opinion shapers. It is a contribution that provides a refined and politically-nuanced picture of Russian society based on sophisticated theoretical analysis and elaborate sociological research.