TITLE

Velvet Glove

AUTHOR(S)
Gessen, Masha
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/31/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 20, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Argues that the assumption by commentators in the West that Russians prefer an authoritarian to a democratic government is false. Claim that many young Russians objected to the recent election, in which President Vladimir Putin was the pre-ordained winner; Examples of three great anti-authoritarian uprisings in Russia that demonstrate the Russians' love of democracy; Argument that it is not the Russians' commitment to democracy that is weak, but the country's democratic institutions; Background on the mishandling of Russia's transition to a market economy and democratic government; Analysis of how democracy has eroded in Russia since 1991; Details of Putin's campaign to reverse many democratic gains; Discussion of why elections in Russia have become farcical.
ACCESSION #
13183691

 

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