Cover Osteuropa 1/2009

In Osteuropa 1/2009

Russia: People, State, and Leader
Elements of a Fascist System

Alexander J. Motyl

Deutsche Fassung


In Russia, a fascist system has established itself. Its features are hyper-nationalism, a fetish for the state, and a cult of masculinity centred on Vladimir Putin, who, even under President Dmitrii Medvedev, remains the country’s undisputed leader. This order is not stable. When Putin’s star fades, power struggles among the elite will break out again. Imperial overstretch and the looming economic crisis merely add to the problem. Russia faces a new time of troubles.

(Osteuropa 1/2009, pp. 109–124)