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George Fossi Russians, after years of autocracy, face making a difficult transition from Soviet- Communist years to both democratization and a strong political legitimacy. Late in the 1900’s, the Russian government under Mikhail Gorbachev introduced Glasnost, a key reform which makes democratization possible in Russian society today. Meanwhile on the other hand, the government’s excessive control over the media and the people’s loss of trust in most Russian politicians has fatally hindered political legitimacy in Russia, which now seems impossible to get back. In contrast to Great Britain who had gradualism and an overall high legitimacy, over the past century, Russia witnessed extreme changes in its political structures and a strong patron-client system which diminished the people’s trust of politicians and political legitimacy overall. Democratization is defined as the process of making a state more democratic- by giving the people more civil liberties, making the judiciary corps more neutral, or enforcing the rule of law. Now the question is; is Russia today getting closer or further away from these standards? Giving emphasizes to the statement that says, “Russia’s past heavily weighs upon its present” my answer would be: yes it is getting closer! In 1988 Mikhail Gorbachev signed a revolutionary bill, glasnost, which did three main things that paved the crash of the soviet system and set the standards of the creation of a democracy, those things were: the removal of article 6 of the soviet constitution, the creation of a new parliament and loosening up the state’s control over mass media. Article 6was the
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course COMPARATIV 853 taught by Professor Johannes during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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