Article: Has there been ‘rollback’ of democracy in Russia under Putin?

Reading on Russia includes articles and op-eds as well as books. So now and again I will share articles dealing with Russian affairs from other sites that I find particularly insightful.

This is a somewhat old article, but interesting nonetheless. It explores and challenges the popular notion that Russia has experienced a rollback of democracy during Putin’s tenure as president.

RIAC :: Blogs :: Has there been ‘rollback’ of democracy in Russia under Putin?

How solid is Eidlin’s argument? Also, while we can all agree that Russia is a far cry from being a liberal democracy, is it a dictatorship? I’m curious to hear your responses in the comments below.

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8 comments

  1. Interesting article by Eidlin. Russia is not a full-fledged democracy, it is a transitional society, with elements of both democracy and authoritarianism.

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    • I consider Russia’s political system to be soft-authoritarian myself. I was just wondering…what are the democratic elements of Russian society that you speak of, and how long do you believe Russia will remain in a transitional state?

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      • Any country where the government controls the mass media, opposition voices are harassed/silenced and one man makes all the decisions is a dictatorship, plain and simple. Don’t try to defend Putinism.

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  2. Who says that “full fledged democracy” = “liberal democracy as the West sees it”?

    “Any country where the government controls the mass media, opposition voices are harassed/silenced and one man makes all the decisions is a dictatorship, plain and simple. Don’t try to defend Putinism.”

    Bollocks.

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    • Welcome, Lyttenburgh. I noticed that you were the commenter on many of the posts on Eidlin’s blog, and your commentary on the development of civil society in Russia were thought-provoking. I too disagree with phoenix’s statement, but I saw no point in engaging him/her, having already been harassed by the user on another post. So thanks for that.

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  3. Thank you for your welcome, J.T. Yep, I’m notoriously hard to shut-up wall-of-the-text posting basterd who tends to ask ungly questions. I post in many places – Irrusianality, Kreamlin Stooge, Awful Avalanche and other places where I’m not yet banned.

    “I too disagree with phoenix’s statement, but I saw no point in engaging him/her, having already been harassed by the user on another post. So thanks for that.”

    [Puts on his french, lights a pipem adopts thick Georgian accent]

    “No person – no problem!”

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