Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000

Timothy J. Colton


Twice within the iciness of 1999-2000, voters of the Russian Federation flocked to their local vote casting stations and scratched their ballots in an environment of uncertainty, rancor, and worry. This ebook is a story of those elections—one for the 450-seat Duma, the opposite for President. regardless of monetary drawback, a countrywide safety emergency in Chechnya, and cupboard instability, Russian citizens all of sudden supported the established order. The elected lawmakers ready to cooperate with the administrative department, a present that had eluded President Boris Yeltsin considering he imposed a post-Soviet structure via referendum in 1993. while Yeltsin retired six months ahead of agenda, the presidential mantle went to Vladimir Putin—a profession KGB officer who fused new and outdated methods of doing politics. Putin was once simply elected President in his personal correct. This ebook demonstrates key tendencies in an extinct superpower, a afflicted state in whose balance, modernization, and openness to the foreign group the West nonetheless has a massive stake.

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