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No IllusionsThe Voices of Russia's Future Leaders$
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Ellen Mickiewicz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977833.001.0001

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Russian Leaders

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No Illusions

Ellen Mickiewicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter reveals future leaders’ alienation from their own Russian leaders. It is remarkable that these future leaders are so dissatisfied with imposed boundaries. The distance between internet-based future leaders and current ones is enormous and liberating for the future leaders. Officials cannot reach them or counter their superior skills. When then-President Medvedev signaled with his blog entry into the internet world, the young users declared it amateur and avoided it. “Living” in the internet has for the future leaders a leveling effect: the blogs of officials, or “public intellectuals’ of “thinkers” of high status are dismissed as public relations, devoid of content. Many future leaders do not wish to vote; many resent the puppet legislature; many are indignant that they cannot exercise the self-government of democracy.

Keywords:   alienation, Medvedev, blog, inequities, self-government, democracy, Ober, demonstrations, voting, Navalny

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