Tucker, Robert C.
December 1981
Foreign Affairs;Winter81/82, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p414
Academic Journal
This article examines the internal state system adopted in Russia as of 1981. Russia, as of present, is a mighty world power, with the largest territory of any state, a population of 260 million, great mineral resources in a resource-hungry world and a geopolitical position that gives it a large role in both European and Asian affairs. It is a military superpower with intercontinental and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in large numbers, supersonic airplanes, a huge standing army based on universal military service, and fleets in all oceans. It controls an East and Central European empire extending deep into Germany and the Balkans. Its power and influence radiate into Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Africa and Latin America. This formidable global presence is serviced and maintained by an internal state system centered in Great Russia's capital city, Moscow; the formal autonomy of the outlying, non-Russian Soviet republics is constitutional fiction. Staffed by an army of party, government and other officials, the party-state edifice comes to a peak in the 23 departments of the party's Central Committee, whose Politburo is the focal point of decision-making authority.


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