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Krastev I 91
Democracy/Policy of Russia/Krastev: In the 1990s (...) the old communist nomenklatura still made up the bulk of the ruling class. Their vague memories of schoolbook Marxism provided an instruction manual for building capitalism and democracy in post-communist Russia. >Democracy/Soviet Union.
Instead of fearing the kabuki theatre of sham democracy, the country's survivalist elites cheerfully embraced it. They disliked people protesting on the streets, admittedly, but they championed electoral masquerades as a clever way to rule without a costly resort to repression and with an unspoken promise that they would be allowed to bequeath all their power and privileges
to their children. Fig-leaf democracy also helped post-Soviet elites socialize
Krastev I 92
hypocritically with forgiving global elites and park their families and money safely outside Russia. Foreign visitors to Russia in the 1990s were surprised to encounter people on the street who felt nostalgia for the old regime, especially for the security it provided, while the old elite, having discovered a world of opportunity, spoke enthusiastically about 'democracy' as well as 'capitalism'.
Question/Krastev: Would simulating democracy help democratize Russia or, instead, help perpetuate Russian authoritarianism and Russian oligarchy? >Imitation/Krastev.


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Policy of Russia
Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019


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