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Understanding Russian Politics



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A fresh, authoritative interpretation of Russian politics by a leading authority, this textbook focuses on political developments in the world's largest country under Putin and Medvedev. Using Russian language sources, it covers economic, social and foreign policy, and the 'system' of politics that has developed in recent years. Opposing arguments are presented and students are encouraged to reach their own judgements on key events and issues such as privatisation and corruption. This textbook tackles timely topics such as gender and inequality issues; organised religion; krizis; and Russia's place in the international community. It uses numerous examples to place this powerful and richly-endowed country in context, with a focus on the place of ordinary people which shows how policy is translated to Russians' everyday lives.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Map: administrative units under the 1993 Constitutionp. xiv
From communist to postcommunist rulep. 1
Voters, parties and parliamentp. 27
Presidential governmentp. 71
From plan to marketp. 115
A divided societyp. 163
Changing times, changing valuesp. 219
Russia and the wider worldp. 263
What kind of system?p. 321
Notesp. 371
Note on surveysp. 457
Indexp. 459
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