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. 9, No. 1, Winter

Barkashov and the Russian Power Ministries, 1994-2000
The Russian National Unity group (Russkoe natsional'noe edinstvo, or RNE) is "the largest of the unequivocally fascist organizations in Russia today,"(1) and as journalist Petr Akopov has observed, "[T]he basic mass of the adherents of the RNE are...
Moving Money, Making Money, and Parking Money Overseas: Front Companies in Offshore Jurisdictions
The major challenge facing Russia and Ukraine today is the adoption and acceptance of internationally recognized business practices. Recent scandals, such as the Russian Bank of New York and the Ukrainian Pavlo Lazarenko cases, show that Russian and...
Nongovernmental Actors in U.S. and Russian Chemical Demilitarization Efforts
A Need for Mutual Understanding and Cooperation Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play an increasing role in shaping public policy in today's society. Occasionally they are involved in high drama, such as the disruption and redirection of the...
Nongovernmental Actors in U.S. and Russian Chemical Demilitarization Efforts: A Need for Mutual Understanding and Cooperation
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play an increasing role in shaping public policy in today's society. Occasionally they are involved in high drama, such as the disruption and redirection of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, Washington,...
Privatization in Russia: Preliminary Results and Socioeconomic Implications
Privatization in Russia has prompted profound changes in the socioeconomic life of the country, including fundamental shifts in society, capital, and political power. The outcomes of privatization efforts will in many respects determine socioeconomic...
Russia and the IMF: A Sordid Tale of Moral Hazard
The first summer of the new millennium was marked by renewed controversy around the issue of Russia's relation to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As Swiss prosecutors pressed on with their probes into alleged Russian money laundering, suspicions...
Russia's Ulster: The Chechen War and Its Consequences
After capturing Groznyi in February 2000, Moscow claimed victory in the war against Chechnya. Generals and officiaLs anticipated the war's end by the presidential election of 26 March 2000, and Moscow announced its "final offensive" to destroy the...
The Dark Forces: Popular Analogies in Russian Politics
In his biography of Nicholas II, Dominic Lieven observed that the end of the Soviet regime, by closing a chapter in Russian history, dramatically increased the relevance of the czarist legacies for many aspects of contemporary politics.(1) Whereas,...
The Political Economy of Federalism in Russia
The debates on the optimal size of a government bureau, the efficient organizational pyramid of the bureaucracy, the political economy of rent-seeking activities, and income redistribution are inextricably linked to the study of federalism in the context...
The Special Powers of Russia's Parliament
Much work remains to be done to develop Russia's legislative branch of government. The parliament to this day has only limited powers and does not have the capacity to create agencies or effectively oversee the executive branch and its activities....
Uzbekistan: Transition to Authoritarianism on the Silk Road
Uzbekistan: Transition to Authoritarianism on the Silk Road, Neil Melvin. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 2000. 129 pp. $19.95 paperback, $33.00 clothbound. The collapse of the Soviet Union spurred a wave of scholarship on Central Asia. In many...