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Russian Challenges

Between Freedom and Energy

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Edited By Galina Michaleva and Andrey Ryabov

This book analyses the influence that oil and gas have on various sides of Russia’s contemporary internal and foreign policy. On the one hand, the factor oil and gas enabled the ruling elite to strengthen the state institutions and to stabilize Russia’s political and social system after decades of instability. Relying on the new economic opportunities contributed to the growth of revenues of the mass sections of population, and owing to the increased export of natural fuel resources Russia significantly strengthened its influence on international politics. But on the other hand, authoritarian tendencies increased in politics. The contributions of this book inquire into the gradually declining role of independent actors in relation to the government, and the increasing authority of the elites in power who continue to represent their corporate interests as being national ones.

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The Authors Dmitrij Furman is political scientist, head of the Centre of the CIS in the Institute of Europe at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of books about political processes in Azerbaijan, Baltic states, Belorussia and other countries of the post-Soviet space, and he is the author of publications on other different political topics, his articles are published in the “Russian Magazine”, in the “Nezavisi- maya gazeta” newspaper, “Free Idea” magazine. Maria Gordeyeva is professor at the History, Political Science and Law Department in the Russian State University for the Humani- ties. She also works there as the Vice Dean of the History, Political Science and Law Department. Her research interests are: conflict management: the prevention, management and transformation of international conflicts; negotiations: techniques and approaches; identity studies: symbols of identity and their impact on political behaviour as well as communication and political action. She is the author of more than 20 works. Fyodr Lukyanov is journalist and political scientist. Since 2002 he has been the editor-in-chief of the “Russia in Global Affairs”-magazine about latest global developments and Russia’s role in them. He also writes articles for different newspapers and magazines, including The Moscow Times, United Press International, Guardian and the website “Gazeta.ru”. Galina Michaleva is the executive secretary of Political committee of the party “Yabloko”, chairwoman of the organization of women in “Yabloko” and professor at the History, Political Science and Law Department at the Russian State University for the Humanities. She...

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