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Searching for a Russian National Idea: Putin Team Efforts and Public Assessments

How is Russia building a national idea? Position papers from Putin’s 2012 presidential campaign and public opinion surveys hold clues, says John P. (Pat) Willerton.

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Putin and the Russian Mythscape: Dilemmas of Charismatic Legitimacy

Taking Weberian charismatic legitimacy as his starting-point, Bo Petersson discusses Putin’s high approval ratings – and the role of political myth.

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Russia’s Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate: HQ for Defeat-Proofing Russian Politics

Russia’s political leaders seek to gain information, keep society in check, and avoid elite competition, writes Carolina Vendil Pallin. The key to that effort: the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate.

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Between Opportunist Revolutionaries and Mediating Spoilers

Actors in the 2015 truck drivers’ protest were not bought off by political interests, nor could they be painted as distant from ordinary people. Jardar Østbø investigates why politicization failed.

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“Monstrations for Mocracy”: Framing Absurdity and Irony in Russia’s Youth Mobilization

Every year, youth “monstrations” take place in Russian cities. It’s an approach that draws the government – against its will – into a performance of the absurd, writes Geir Flikke.

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Anonymous Women and "Honorary Males": A Conversation with Nuraida Abdykapar kyzy

Read on for a look at the research behind 'Female Heroes in a Man's World: The Construction of Female Heroes in Kyrgyzstan's Symbolic Nation-Building" (April 2017) and to find out what's next for Nuraida.

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The journal covers politics, economics, social issues, crime, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, human rights, and other topics, with a focus on developments since the end of the Soviet Union.

We welcome submissions of articles by recognized and emerging academics, journalists, practitioners and other specialists. We are especially interested in scholarly articles that have policy relevance. Historically, Demokratizatsiya has published English language articles ranging between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Additionally, as part of our commitment to develop and publish new voices, we have recently added a new section, “Perspectives: Concise Analyses of Current Events.” The section will include short pieces (about 2,000 – 3,000 words) from undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career scholars who have something to say on a range of contemporary topics in post-Soviet space. We’re looking for the same policy relevance and focus on democratization as we seek in our longer articles, but in a more concise, timely package. Once authors submit an article, our editorial team will work with each one individually to develop their work, providing extensive editorial feedback.

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