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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

Russian Leaders

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(p.44) Chapter Two Russian Leaders
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No Illusions
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Ellen Mickiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977833.003.0003

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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