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. 10, No. 1, Winter

Adult Stigmatization and the Hidden Power of Homeless Children in Russia
In this article I focus on the plight and hidden power of homeless children in Russia, adult attitudes toward them, and the main cultural hurdles that they have to surmount to survive in Russian society. The project developed as a result of earlier...
Journey into Kazakhstan: The True Face of the Nazarbayev Regime
Journey into Kazakhstan: The True Face of the Nazarbayev Regime, by Alexandra George. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001. 288 pp. $46.00 cloth. At independence, the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan was a Western darling. The country was...
Journey into Kazakhstan: The True Face of the Nazarbayev Regime, by Alexandra George
At independence, the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan was a Western darling. The country was led by Nursultan Nazarbayev, a Gorbachev protege. Nazarbayev endeared himself to the West by renouncing the hundreds of Soviet nuclear weapons that were...
Moldova under Lucinschi
During the Soviet period Moldova was commonly referred to as "sunny Moldova." Unfortunately, today the country's economic situation is anything but sunny. Moldova has the ignominious distinction of being one of the three poorest states in Europe. Since...
Regional Variations in the Implementation of Russia's Federal District Reform
When the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic declared independence in 1990, (1) Yeltsin quickly moved to undermine the central authority that had characterized power relations in the Soviet system in suggesting to regional leaders, "Take as...
Russian-Iranian Relations in the Putin Era
During the first year and a half of the Putin presidency, Russian-Iranian relations appeared to be improving steadily, and it seemed that the two countries were pursuing a common set of anti-American interests. There was some degree of disagreement...
Social Capital and Grassroots Democracy in Russia's Regions: Evidence from the 1999-2001 Gubernatorial Elections
The election of Vladimir Putin and the consolidation of a post-Yeltsin regime are perhaps the most significant developments in Russian politics since the constitutional plebiscite and "engineered founding elections" of 1993. (1) Although Putin's election...
Transnational Crime: The Case of Russian Organized Crime and the Role of International Cooperation in Law Enforcement
In the twenty-first century, the handling of transnational crime will become a more important element of international foreign policy. With the end of superpower conflicts at the close of the cold war, international relations are increasingly being...