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. 8, No. 3, Summer

Belarus: Self-Identification and Statehood
After the collapse of the USSR, Belarus attempted to achieve national statehood, non-nuclear status, neutrality, an open society, and a liberal economy. Today it is a zone of communist revenge. To what extent is the situation special, and what are...
Belarus's Relations with NATO and Russia in the Context of European Security
Although termination of the cold war radically decreased the probability of world-scale military conflict, it did not, unfortunately, completely eradicate the threat. Euphoria that arose at the beginning of the 1990s has diminished with the realization...
In Search of a Historic Yeltsin
I wrote this book because of a most rare concurrence of subjects: a fascinating and complicated man, who in his prime could touch, sway, and lead millions; a great nation at one of the most fateful moments in its history; and the twentieth century's...
National Security, Civil Society, and Human Rights in Russia: Conceptual and Legal Framework
The development of civil society and respect for human rights in Russia is closely connected with the character of Russia's security system. Official state policy impedes the development of civil society and human rights, perceiving them as threats...
"New Russian" Humor
Well known among Russians, Vovochka is the traditional character of Russian jokes--indecent or bordering on indecency. A middle school pupil, and not a very good one at that, Vovochka is a troublemaker. But he can also be very shrewd, perplexing others...
On the Way to Democracy: Women's Activism in Kazakhstan
Over the last few years, much has been written about the status of women in Kazakhstan, or to be more precise, about how that status has worsened because of the economic crisis that followed the collapse of the Soviet system. I remember well when...
Remembering Anatoly Sobchak
Anatoly Aleksandrovich Sobchak died on Sunday, 20 February 2000. The former mayor of St. Petersburg, on a campaign visit to Kaliningrad Oblast for then-presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, was in the town of Svetlogorsk to give a lecture at a local...
Russian Democracy-A U.S. National Security Interest
Russian democracy and American national security are intimately intertwined. This link is not new, but it is not well understood. When the cold war ended and Soviet communism disappeared, American national security was enhanced. If dictatorship returns...
The Fate of the Russian State
The key to the resurrection and development of Russia lies today in the state-political sphere. Russia needs a strong state and it must have one" Russian president Vladimir Putin wrote in an essay entitled "Russia at the Turn of the Millennium" released...