Between Freedom and Energy
Edited By Galina Michaleva and Andrey Ryabov
Galina Michaleva and Andrey Ryabov - Afterword - 221
Afterword In the 3 years since these articles were written, the tendencies that were stated and analyzed by the authors progressed, being strength- ened by exterior and internal factors. The key events that determined the country’s vector of develop- ment were: – Solving the problem of the “successor” and the gradual transition towards tandem management while preserving the role of the former president, who became the prime minister. – The Five Day War with Georgia and the following recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. – The ﬁnancial-economic crisis. Russia’s modern political system can already be classiﬁed not as tran- sitional, but as an established model with its own logic of internal development. The system’s speciﬁc characteristics can be seen more vividly when Russia is compared with post-Soviet countries. During Soviet times, the more independent our government became of soci- ety, the more closed and secretive it became, but under Putin this trend reached proportions greater than that of early Soviet or post- Soviet times, comparable only to that of Stalin. Later, the mystery shrouded in Putin’s “successor” operation gradually transformed into the mystery around the current “dual-rule”. Putin’s “successor” operation and its modern continuation have a lot of elements which are easier explained by a lack of exact plans and undeﬁned goals than by Machiavellian cleverness and secret dealings. The lack of this plan, covered up with illusions of a secret plan, can be explained not only by Putin’s characteristics but also by the situation in which...
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