The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia: An Inside View of the Demise of Democracy
  • The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia: An Inside View of the Demise of Democracy
  • The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia: An Inside View of the Demise of Democracy

The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia: An Inside View of the Demise of Democracy

by Joel M. Ostrow, Georgiy A. Satarov, Irina M. Khakamada, Georgiy A. Satarov
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313345945

ISBN-13: 9780313345944

Pub. Date: 10/30/2007

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The still-prevailing notion among Western powers, including the United States, is that Russia is a democracy, or at least that it remains in the process of democratization. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Ostrow, Satarov, and Khakamada demonstrate in The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia. Journalists critical of Vladimir Putin's

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The still-prevailing notion among Western powers, including the United States, is that Russia is a democracy, or at least that it remains in the process of democratization. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Ostrow, Satarov, and Khakamada demonstrate in The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia. Journalists critical of Vladimir Putin's dictatorship, such as Anna Politkovskaya, are murdered. Nearly 100 investigative journalists, an average of two per month, have been murdered since Putin took power, and not one person has been charged or convicted of those crimes. In this book the authors seek to explain not just how Russia has become a dictatorship, but why Russia's leaders made the choices that undermined democratic political development, something no book has done until now.

The still-prevailing notion among Western powers, including the United States, is that Russia is a democracy, or at least that it remains in the process of democratization. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Ostrow, Satarov, and Khakamada demonstrate in The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia. Journalists critical of Vladimir Putin's dictatorship, such as Anna Politkovskaya, are murdered. Nearly 100 investigative journalists, an average of two per month, have been murdered since Putin took power, and not one person has been charged or convicted of those crimes. Others critical of or in opposition to Putin often meet the same fate, as in the suspicious poisoning in London of Aleksandr Litvinenko. How did Russia manage to transition from dictatorship to dictatorship, when the hopes for democracy were so great and when Western conventional wisdom assumed for so long that democracy was inevitable there?

The Consolidation of Dictatorship in Russia answers that question. Georgiy A. Satarov was President Boris Yeltsin's chief political counselor for much of the 1990s, and in that capacity was inside the Kremlin and present when most of the decisions this book details were made. Irina M. Khakamada was a Deputy in the Russian State Duma, a Deputy Speaker in the parliament, held a cabinet-level position in the government, and most recently was Putin's main liberal opponent in the 2004 presidential election. These individuals are among Russia's most prominent democratic activists and were participants in the events that led Russia away from the path of democratization. They share a unique perspective and knowledge of what happened and why. The authors seek to explain not just what Russia did and the consequences of those decisions, but why Russia's leaders made the choices that undermined democratic political development, something no book has done until now.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313345944
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.55(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Garry Kasparov

Preface

Chapter 1 - Critical Junctures and the Demise of Democracy in Russia

Chapter 2 - After the Fall: The Decision to Ignore Politics

Chapter 3 - Corrupting the Constitution: The Decision to Hedge Against Democracy

Chapter 4 - Corrupting the Elections: Enter the Oligarchs

Chapter 5 - Abandoning Democracy: Annointing a Successor

Chapter 6 - Dictatorship Becomes the Only Game in Town

Chapter 7 - Looking Back and Looking Forward

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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