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Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia$
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Jeffrey Kahn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246991

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246998.001.0001

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Soviet ‘Federalism’

Soviet ‘Federalism’

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Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia
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DOI:10.1093/0199246998.003.0003

Although most scholars were quick to puncture the Soviet Union's sham claims to democracy, too many accepted at face value its claim to be a federal state. The shifting debates about federalism in Bolshevik doctrine and communist theory are explored. The formation, systematization, and stagnation of the so‐called ‘Soviet federalism’ is examined and debunked through analysis of the constitutions and political realities that existed under Lenin, Stalin, and Brezhnev.

Keywords:   Bolshevism, Leonid Brezhnev, Communist Party, communist theory, constitution, democracy, V.I. Lenin, Soviet federalism, Soviet Union, J.V. Stalin

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