Lecture 17

Lecture 17 - Russia 1. From autocracy to communism =the...

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Russia 1. From autocracy to communism =the fruits of revolution Check email for key terms 2. Identity - importance of identity is that it draws our attention to how communism sought to create a new identity in Russia o sought to create a new person devoid of selfish interests - Russian identity could not be suppressed nor the strong religious sense that people held, sense of fairness - These forms of identity re-emerged after the collapse of communism o Religious symbols brought back 3. The challenge of democracy Is Russia a democracy? - more freedom than in Soviet Union - democratic institutions established since 1991 o but it takes time to build institutions - constitution o promotes presidential power system since 1993 o continuity since 1993 o share of power between president and prime minister o not straight democratic political system but it moving in that direction - Kremlin o Divided between president an prime minister o President has considerable authority Chooses prime minister
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course POLI 211 taught by Professor Sabetti during the Spring '08 term at McGill.

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