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In Web Special

Russia's systemic crisis
Negative mobilization and collective cynicism

Lev Gudkov

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Since Putin's takeover of power, Russia appears to be stronger than it has for a long time. However, appearances are deceptive. Russia is degenerating into a corrupt police state, society has descended into poverty, and the country is becoming increasingly isolated. The Russian public is united only in the view that common goals are "the empty rhetoric of demagogues". The political resolve, put on just for show, merely serves to hide the state's omnipresent incompetence.

(Web Special, pp. 1–11)

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