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The Sovietization of Russian Politics

The Sovietization of Russian Politics This article examines how the Putin leadership, inspired by the example of Yuriy Andropov, has carried out a comprehensive "sovietization" of the Russian political system by systematically eliminating all alternative sources of power (governors, competitive elections, the media, and private business). Drawing on legislation, the press, and data about the backgrounds and career paths of the post-Soviet elite, the central institutions are compared with their Soviet predecessors and the implementation of this strategy is examined. The roles of military, security and other backgrounds are analyzed. The degree of influence likely to be wielded by the siloviki is also considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Post Soviet Affairs Taylor & Francis

The Sovietization of Russian Politics

Post Soviet Affairs , Volume 25 (4): 27 – Oct 1, 2009

The Sovietization of Russian Politics

Post Soviet Affairs , Volume 25 (4): 27 – Oct 1, 2009

Abstract

This article examines how the Putin leadership, inspired by the example of Yuriy Andropov, has carried out a comprehensive "sovietization" of the Russian political system by systematically eliminating all alternative sources of power (governors, competitive elections, the media, and private business). Drawing on legislation, the press, and data about the backgrounds and career paths of the post-Soviet elite, the central institutions are compared with their Soviet predecessors and the implementation of this strategy is examined. The roles of military, security and other backgrounds are analyzed. The degree of influence likely to be wielded by the siloviki is also considered.

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1938-2855
eISSN
1060-586X
DOI
10.2747/1060-586X.24.4.283
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Abstract

This article examines how the Putin leadership, inspired by the example of Yuriy Andropov, has carried out a comprehensive "sovietization" of the Russian political system by systematically eliminating all alternative sources of power (governors, competitive elections, the media, and private business). Drawing on legislation, the press, and data about the backgrounds and career paths of the post-Soviet elite, the central institutions are compared with their Soviet predecessors and the implementation of this strategy is examined. The roles of military, security and other backgrounds are analyzed. The degree of influence likely to be wielded by the siloviki is also considered.

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Post Soviet AffairsTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 1, 2009

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