№ 1, 2011
The author analyzes flaws in the functioning of the Russian political system caused by the transformation of the regional elites from being almost absolute principals exercising power over their territories into the agents of the federal power. He shows that with gubernators losing their roles as leaders of the local community the logic of “sovereign democracy” viewing democracy itself as a subject for manipulation and subordination also ceases working. The society being distanced from power strongly guards its space perceiving pressure exerted by power as an intrusion upon private sphere. Under such conditions as guided by the experience of Irkutsk’s elections 2010 the electoral procedure that seems to have already lost its political meaning is capable of becoming a channel for people’s protestant sentiments.
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