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Russia's Stillborn Democracy?: From Gorbachev to Yeltsin

Graeme Gill and Roger D. Markwick


The period since Gorbachev came to power has been a tumultuous time for Russia. It has seen the expectations raised by Gorbachev's efforts to bring about change in the Soviet Union dashed, the collapse of the Soviet superpower and the emergence of a new Russian state claiming to base itself on democratic, market principles. It has seen a political system shattered by a president turning tanks against the parliament, and then that president configuring the new political structure to give himself overwhelming power. These political upheavals took place against a background of social dislocation ... More

Keywords: civil society, democratization, elites, glasnost, Gorbachev, Mikhail, perestroika, presidency, Russia, Soviet Union, Yeltsin, Boris

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graeme Gill, author
University of Sydney
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Roger D. Markwick, author
University of Sydney
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