Democratic Changes and Authoritarian Reactions in Russia, by Karen Dawisha, Bruce Parrott

By Karen Dawisha, Bruce Parrott

This quantity includes chapters on Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, plus 3 chapters on Russia's neighborhood politics, its political events, and the final technique of democratization. The e-book offers an in-depth research of the asymmetric development of political swap in those 4 nations.

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On many of these points, there is a sharp discrepancy between Russian perceptions and perceptions in the non-Russian states of the area, one that goes back to the fundamental difference between metropole and periphery in the preceding, imperial arrangement. In my conversations in Moscow, where I visit several times a year, I have recently heard great cynicism about Western motives in the security domain. J. Colton is especially striking in relation to trends in Russia’s “Near Abroad,” the former Soviet republics that rim it to the west and south.

It is fair to say, though, that in certain regards public opinion in post-postcommunist Russia continues to have varying degrees of autonomy from, and impact on, the state. A recent example from domestic politics would be the inhospitable reaction of pensioners to government attempts to monetize social-assistance payments in the winter of 2004–05, a reaction that spilled over into the streets of Russian cities and forced the government to modify its monetization plan. A good example from the national-security realm would be popular sentiment on military manpower.

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