Putin's Russia


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In lecture format, this course will introduce you to the political and economic system of the contemporary Russian Federation. We will examine the formation of a mafia state, under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, and its phased transformation from the embryonal democracy of the early '90s to the comprador dictatorship of today. We will also explore what could have been done by the Russian people and the international community in order to follow alternative patterns of both economic and political development. Additionally, we will gain some perspective on Russia’s aggressive international politics towards its neighbours.

Topics include:

  1. Historical background of contemporary Russia
  2. Cultural background of contemporary Russia
  3. Economic background of contemporary Russia
  4. Political systems of pre-Communist, Communist and post-Communist Russia
  5. Police state or Mafia state?
  6. Evolution of Russian international politics after the late 80s/early 90s.

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