Russia: The Challenges of Transformation (Possible Futures) by Piotr Dutkiewicz, Dmitri Trenin

By Piotr Dutkiewicz, Dmitri Trenin

In Russia, a gaggle of major Russian intellectuals and social scientists subscribe to with best researchers from world wide to check the social, political, and fiscal transformation in Russia. This well timed and critical e-book of orginal essays makes transparent that neither politics nor economics on my own holds the major to Russia's destiny, providing serious views on demanding situations dealing with Russia, either in its household rules and in its diplomacy. It additionally explores how international order—or disorder—may boost over the arrival decades.

Contributors comprise: Oleg Atkov, Timothy J. Colton, Georgi Derluguian, Mikhail ok. Gorshkov, Leonid Grigoriev, Nur Kirabaev, Andrew C. Kuchins, Bobo Lo, Roderic Lyne, Vladimir Popov, Alexander Rahr, Richard Sakwa, Guzel Ulumbekova, Vladimir I. Yakunin, Rustem Zhangozha.

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Here enters the need for the presidencyâ•›—â•›the office, the collective, the institution, the prestige, legitimacy, charisma, and the man himself. There emerges a distinct need to find the ideal individual/collective holder of the trusteeship. Who shall/can lead society in a truly revolutionary time of transformation? ” Society is also proneâ•›—â•›as the 1990s showedâ•›—â•›to massive media/political manipulations. Oligarchs and high-level officials were not the best option in 1998 for a ruling group either, as they were engaged in stripping assets and placing them abroad.

Russia does have democratic electoral law, but the electoral mechanism gives considerable influence to the party in power (and the huge bureaucracy that accompanies it). Vladimir Putin is considered by many to be a twenty-first-century incarnation of the tsars, but in reality his powerâ•›—â•›especially in the regions (mainly due to the “autonomous bureaucracy” that is de facto the most powerful socio-economic 12 Dutkiewicz force on its own)â•›—â•›is seriously constrained (see Derluguian, chap. 3).

This also would mean reshaping Russian foreign policy and some portion of the elite’s mentality; but as Russian economic interests are located between Europe and Asia, this becoming a “compatible state but not within the same system” might be a sustainable choice. It would give Russia a firm place within the EU quasi-empire, even if it has been dented recently by deep fiscal problems, guarantee its security, offer better access to the EU market, reinforce Russia’s position as a European power, and form a natural counterbalance to the “China vector” (see Bobo Lo’s chapter in this volume).

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