Managed Democracy? Building Stealth Authoritarianism in St. Petersburg
Hahn, Gordon M., Demokratizatsiya
Many residents of St. Petersburg and other areas say that Russian President Vladimir Putin aspires to a historical stature equal to that of Peter the Great. Putin has at least one similarity with St. Petersburg's founder: he seeks to undertake the modernization of Russia by authoritarian means. It is time to stop referring to Putin's emerging system of power as "manipulated" or "managed democracy." Putin's system is better thought of as a soft-authoritarian form of rule, established and maintained by a stealth-like violation of the fundamental principles of democracy and the rule of law.
One St. Petersburg observer noted that to attain Petrine status, "Putin, like Peter, will have …
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Publication information: Article title: Managed Democracy? Building Stealth Authoritarianism in St. Petersburg. Contributors: Hahn, Gordon M. - Author. Journal title: Demokratizatsiya. Volume: 12. Issue: 2 Publication date: Spring 2004. Page number: 195+. © 1998 Heldref Publications. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.