Cover Osteuropa 9/2009

In Osteuropa 9/2009

Control Regime
Russia under Putin & Medvedev

Andreas Heinemann-Grüder

Deutsche Fassung


Russia’s political regime is distinguished by a new combination of well known strategies of legitimacy and techniques of rule that serve to control competition, political participation, and potential rivals. This control regime has learned from the strengths and weaknesses of authoritarian rule, it uses modern techniques of rule, and it is flexible. But unlike authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia, the regime in Moscow is unable to modernise the country.

(Osteuropa 9/2009, pp. 27–48)