Cover Osteuropa 3/2006

In Osteuropa 3/2006

Guaranteed without Guarantees
Russia under Putin

Lilija Ševcova

Deutsche Fassung


Russia’s political development is following a logic that is as paradoxical as it is frightening. That the ruling class is interested in the stabilisation of the existing order is self-evident. This order, however, can only be consolidated so long as it remains motion. Its essence lies in uncertainty. The ruling clique is working vigorously on creating state that not only poses an enormous danger to Russian society but one that could go out of control. And there is no political force able to prevent Russia from sliding into social disintegration or dictatorship.

(Osteuropa 3/2006, pp. 3–18)