Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter

Antitrafficking Policies in Asia and the Russian Far East: A Comparative Perspective
Abstract: Russia is currently the largest source country for trafficked women. Increases in unemployment after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the devaluation of the ruble, and a rise in organized crime have created a climate conducive to trafficking,...
Editor's Introduction
Is it time to change our journal's name? Can we say with any authority or respectability that Russia and her former states are building "democracy" by anyone's definition? Trends, policies, and events over the past several years suggest otherwise....
In Search of Heroes: Cultural Politics and Political Mobilization of Youths in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine
Abstract: This article focuses on the implications of current political and sociocultural processes for youth politics in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine. The author briefly examines the dynamics in the developments underway within Ukrainian and Russian...
"Learning" to Offer an Alternative to Military Service: Norm Adoption in Russia
Abstract: Nearly a decade after the adoption of the Russian constitution, in June 2002, the Duma finally passed legislation on the status of the country's conscientious objectors. Employing a framework of learning and behavioral change, this article...
Not Guilty until the Supreme Court Finds You Guilty: A Reflection on Jury Trials in Russia
Abstract: This article analyzes the Russian Supreme Court's practice of overturning jury acquittals. Because juries acquit more often than judges, some prosecutors, judges, and legal scholars have expressed doubts about whether Russians are legally...
Primakov Redux? Putin's Pursuit of "Multipolarism" in Asia
Abstract: This article explores why Putin has revived Primakov's efforts to build a "multipolar" alliance challenging American "hegemony" and "unipolarity," examines why he is pursuing it primarily in Asia, and assesses how effective this policy has...
Russians and Their Party System
Abstract: There are different views about the place of political parties in postcommunist Russian politics. However, levels of trust and partisan identification are low, although much depends on the wording of the question and the timing of the survey....
The Russian Diaspora in Central Asia: Russian Compatriots and Moscow's Foreign Policy
Abstract: This article examines how Russians and the Russian government have conceptualized their compatriots living in Central Asia, examines the circumstances surrounding Russian immigration to and emigration from the region, discusses the role played...
The Warming of Turkish-Russian Relations: Motives and Implications
Abstract: Relations between Turkey and Russia have taken significant turns for the better in the past several years, culminating in the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow in December 2004 and followed by Russian President...
What Russia Must Do to Fight Organized Crime
Abstract: Most analysts explain the persistence of organized crime in Russia as a result of corrupt government officials who protect major crime bosses and hinder law enforcement attempts to investigate and prosecute criminal organizations. Although...