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. 11, No. 3, Summer

A Comparative Analysis of the 1994, 1998, and 2002 Election Campaigns for the Nikolayev City Council
In the current process of societal modernization and transformation of the political system of Ukraine, one of the most important challenges facing the country is the formation of an effective system of local self-government. If such an institution...
An Evaluation of Ukrainian Legislation to Counter and Criminalize Human Trafficking
One of the areas of the world where trafficking is growing fastest is the former Soviet Union. (1) Human trafficking from Ukraine, especially for sex work, is a serious and increasing problem for the country. (2) Evidence exists from a wide variety...
Editor's Introduction to the Summer 2003 Issue
As this issue of Demokratizatsiya goes to press, Colonel Yuri Budanov, accused of kidnapping and murdering a Chechen woman, Kheda Kungaeva, in March 2000 in a fit of rage, was sentenced to ten years in a maximum security prison. Budanov, the first...
Institutional Determinants of Chronic Policy Failure in Yeltsin's Russia
Boris Yeltsin ended his presidency with an apology. He told his fellow Russians that be was sorry for failing to fulfill so much of what he and his people had hoped for in his new republic. (1) Indeed, the newly reconstituted Russian state experienced...
Reforming the Procedural Rules for Business Litigation in Russia: To What End?
Disputes are a sad fact of life in business. The optimism with which many commercial transactions begin can fall victim to problems arising as a result of changes in the economy or opportunistic behavior by one of the participants. Perfect knowledge,...
Resisting Putin's Federal Reforms on the Legal Front
President Vladimir Putin's first term in office has been marked by a quest for the legal unification of the Russian Federation. On assuming office, first as acting president and then as president-elect in early 2000, Putin inherited from his predecessor...
The New Justices of the Peace in the Russian Federation: A Cornerstone of Judicial Reform?
The first of Putin's presidency witnessed a major acceleration of the reform of the courts in Russia, which was marked by significant increases in funding, attempts to make judges more accountable as well as independent, the expansion of trial by jury,...
The New Russian Code of Criminal Procedure: The Next Step on the Path of Russia's Democratization
Russian legislation in the field of criminal procedure has recently undergone changes aimed at strengthening the fights and liberties of Russian citizens. Implemented 1 July 2002, the new Code of Criminal Procedure contains innovations that distinguish...
The Past, Present, and Future of the Russian Federal State
Where did Russia's federal state come from, where has it been, where is it going, and why does it matter beyond a small circle of Russia specialists? Taking the last question first, the success or failure of Russia's transformation into a stable market...
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