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. 15, No. 1, Winter

A Revolution of the Mind
INTERVIEW WITH YULIA MALYSHEVAYulia Sergeevna Malysheva is one of the leading youth activists in Russia. An elected municipal deputy in Moscow, a researcher at the Institute for the Economy in Transition, and leader of the youth organization Oborona...
A Revolution of the Mind: Interview with Yulia Malysheva
Yulia Sergeevna Malysheva is one of the leading youth activists in Russia. An elected municipal deputy in Moscow, a researcher at the Institute for the Economy in Transition, and leader of the youth organization Oborona (which she cofounded) and of...
Orange People: A Brief History of Transnational Liberation Networks in East Central Europe
Abstract: Democracy activists in East Central Europe have transformed the region in fundamental ways, as both dissidents and rulers. This article examines their lesser-known transnational cooperation efforts (or "contagion") from 1968 to today and...
Revolution Is Contagious
INTERVIEW WITH MAREK KAPUSTAMarek Kapusta was the director of the "Rock volieb" (Rock the Vote) campaign in the 1998 Slovak elections, which was part of the OK'98 campaign led by a coalition of nongovernmental and civic groups. Rock volieb was successful...
Revolution Is Contagious: Interview with Marek Kapusta
Marek Kapusta was the director of the "Rock volieb" (Rock the Vote) campaign in the 1998 Slovak elections, which was part of the OK'98 campaign led by a coalition of nongovernmental and civic groups. Rock volieb was successful in dramatically increasing...
Russians Must Shed Fear
INTERVIEW WITH MARIA GAIDARMaria Yegorovna Gaidar is the founder and leader of Da, a nonpartisan youth movement in Russia that seeks to promote civic values in the citizenry and involve them in public life. In this interview, Gaidar speaks about the...
Russians Must Shed Fear: Interview with Maria Gaidar
Maria Yegorovna Gaidar is the founder and leader of Da, a nonpartisan youth movement in Russia that seeks to promote civic values in the citizenry and involve them in public life. In this interview, Gaidar speaks about the goals of Da, its achievements,...
Russia's Political Youths
Abstract: Although most Russian youths are politically apathetic, a small cross section is engaged in political activity--mostly consisting of protest actions--in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Youth-based political...
The Diffusion of Revolutions: Comparing Recent Regime Turnovers in Five Post-Communist Countries
Abstract: The recent revolutions or near-revolutions in Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine share the following characteristics: stolen elections triggered them, there were massive, nonviolent demonstrations, and the opposition united...
The Institutional Design of Russian Federalism: A Comparative Study of Three Republics; Tatarstan, Dagestan, and Chechnya
Abstract: Federalism, as an institutional design, is a rubric that can consolidate all regions within Russia into a stable state. Lessons learned in Tatarstan and Dagestan since 1990 provide the necessary guidelines that may facilitate Chechnya's peaceful...
Through an Orange-Colored Lens: Western Media, Constructed Imagery, and Color Revolutions
Abstract: The democratic breakthroughs or "color revolutions" (a reference made by the media to the symbols used by opposition movements) that occurred in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan resemble one another. They were sparked by electoral fraud and...
Through an Orange-Colored Lens: Western Media, Constructed Imagery, and Color Revolutions
Abstract: The democratic breakthroughs or "color revolutions" (a reference made by the media to the symbols used by opposition movements) that occurred in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan resemble one another. They were sparked by electoral fraud and...
Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition
Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall, and the Interdependence of Transition, Christopher Marsh. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005. 189 pp. $75.00, cloth.Christopher Marsh's latest book, Unparalleled Reforms: China's Rise, Russia's Fall,...