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Art and protest in Putin's Russia by Lena Jonson
Print Location: 701.03094 J81A (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2015
Contents: History of dissensus, consensus and illusions of a new era -- An other gaze in art -- Art on trial -- Dissent in art -- Art of engagement: a counterculture in the making -- Political action -- Art and protest after Bolotnaya

Building an authoritarian polity : Russia in post-Soviet times by Graeme Gill
Print Location: RUS 320.947 G475B (IICED)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015
Contents: Stability and authoritarian regimes -- Structuring public political activity -- Regime and society -- The party system and electoral politics -- Structuring the regime -- Structuring institutional power -- Elite stabilization -- the Putin system and the potential for regime change

Building business in post-communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia : collective goods, selective incentives, and predatory states by Dinissa Duvanova
Print Location: 381.06047 D983B (IICED)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
Contents: Collective action in adverse business enviroments -- Post-communist business representation in a comparative perspective -- Business environment and business organization: the quantitative approach -- What you do is what you are: business associations in action -- Compulsory versus voluntary membership

Business in post-Communist Russia : privatisation and the limits of transformation by Mikhail Glazunov
Print Location: RUS 338.947 G553B (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2015
Contents: Russian revolution or redistribution of rights -- Winners and losers in the privatisation game -- How successful are Russian companies? -- Getting into Russian firms -- Avtoelektronika -- Avtovaz -- Kondrovo Paper Company -- Norilsk Nickel -- Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill -- Can Russian oligarchs survive the global crisis

Can Russia modernise? : sistema, power networks and informal governance by Alena V. Ledeneva
Print Location: RUS 303.30947 L473C (IICED), 303.30947 L473C CL)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
Contents: What is sistema? -- Putin's sistema: svoi on top -- Inner workings of sistema: from blat to otkat -- Sistema's material culture: from vertushka to vertu -- "Telephone justice" in the global age: from commands to signals -- "Werewolves in epaulets": from doublethink to doubledeed -- From dealership to leadership: sistema and informal governance

Citizens in the making in post-Soviet states by Olena Nikolayenko
Print Location: 323.042 N694C (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Attitudes toward democracy -- Trust in authorities -- Building the new political community, remembering the old one -- Learning about politics -- Construction of Soviet history in school textbooks -- Growing up, but growing apart

Civil society in Putin's Russia by Elena A Chebankova
Print Location: RUS 300.947 C514C (IICED)
New York : Routledge, 2013
Contents: Methodology, Theoretical Considerations and the Structure of the Study -- Public and Private Cycles of Socio-Political Life in Russia -- Pulic Sphere and the State in Russia -- Kind of Society: The Nature of Political Radicalism in Modern Russia -- State-Sponsored Civic Associations in Russia: Systemic Integration or a 'War of Position'?-- Foreign-Sponsored Associations in Russia: Themes and Problems -- Grassroots Movements in Modern Russia: A Cause for Optimism?

Corporate strategy in post-communist Russia / Mikhail Glazunov
Print Location: 658.4 G553C International Information Center : European Documentation

Freedom, repression, and private property in Russia by Vladimir Shlapentokh, Anna Arutunyan
Print Location: 947.086 S558F (CL)
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2013
Contents: Private property and big money in political regimes in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia: a theoretical overview -- Ideology and public opinion in a centralized society and in a fragmented society -- Corruption, the power of state and big business in the Soviet and post-Soviet regimes -- Enemies and the issue of legitimization in the Soviet and post-Soviet regimes -- Political police before and after -- Treatment of strikers in Soviet and post-Soviet times: Novocherkassk and Mezhdurechensk -- Foreign policy: the geopolitical factor before and money after -- A freedom which Putin dearly loves 
In the grip of transition : economic and social consequences of restructuring in Russia and Ukraine edited by Tilman Bruck and Hartmut Lehmann
Print Location: 331.0947 I35 (IICED)
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Contents: Worker displacement in Russia and Ukraine: a comparative analysis using micro data -- Stuck between surplus and shortage: demand for skills in Russian industry -- Innovation, adoption, ownership and productivity: evidence from Ukraine -- Evolution of labour relations inside a Russian firm during late transition: evidence from personnel data -- Effect of transition on women in Ukrainian industry: an exploration of the UlFS panel data -- Labour market restructuring and poverty: household evidence from Ukraine -- Social security impact on labour market developments and industrial restructuring in Russia and Ukraine

Jewish identities in postcommunist Russia and Ukraine : an uncertain ethnicity by Zvi Gitelman
Print Location: 305.8924 G536J (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012

Contents: Ethnicity and identity -- Evolution of Jewish identities -- Soviet policies and the Jewish nationality -- Constructing Jewishness in Russia and Ukraine -- Judaism and Jewishness: religion and ethnicity in Russia and Ukraine -- Becoming Soviet Jews: friendship patterns -- Acting Jewish: Jewish collectivities or communities? -- Anti-semitism and Jewish identity -- Identity, Israel, and immigration -- Ethnicity and marriage -- Politics, affect, affiliation, and alienation

Managing ethnic diversity in Russia edited by Oleh Protsyk and Benedikt Harzl
Print Location: RUS 323.147 Ma266 (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2013
Contents: International norms and legal status of minority languages in Russia -- Homogeneity of Russia, or the remains of an empire (federalism and regionalism) -- Northern Caucasus and challenges of minority governance -- Russian government policies and minority identities -- Ethnic federalism, electoral systems, and the representation of ethnic minorities: evidence from Russia -- Regime transition, political institutions and minority politics in Russia

No illusions : the voices of Russia's future leaders by Ellen Mickiewicz Restricted Resource
New York : Oxford University Press, 2014
Summary: What will the next generation of Russian leaders be like? How will they regard the United States, democracy, free speech, and immigration? What do they think of their current leaders? And what sorts of tactics will they bring to international negotiating tables, political and otherwise? This book provides an engaging, intimate, and unprecedented window onto the mindsets of the next generation of leaders in Russian politics, business, and economics
Politicized justice in emerging democracies : a study of courts in Russia and Ukraine by Maria Popova
Print Location: RUS 347.47012 P829P (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Contents: What is judicial independence? -- Judges and politicians: theories about the origins of judicial independence -- What can a focused comparison of Russia and Ukraine tell us about the origins of independent courts? -- Role of Ukrainian and Russian courts in the provision of free and fair elections: judicial independence from politicians during the 2002 Rada and the 2003 Duma campaign -- Role of Ukrainian and Russian courts in the provision of press freedom: judicial independence in defamation lawsuits, 1998-2003 -- Politicians' capacity to pressure the courts -- Politicians' willingness to pressure the courts, 1998-2004 and beyond

Popular support for an undemocratic regime : the changing views of Russians by Richard Rose, William Mishler and Neil Munro
Print Location: RUS 947.086 R795P (IICED)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Contents: Democratic and undemocratic models of support -- Changing the supply of regimes -- Putin consolidates a new regime -- Increasing support for an undemocratic regime -- Individual influences on regime support -- Finessing the challenge of succession -- Challenge of economic reversal

Property, predation, and protection : piranha capitalism in Russia and Ukraine by Stanislav Markus
Print Location: RUS 338.94705 M346P (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Contents: Agent predation and secure ownership -- Not too petty: disorganized threats beyond corruption -- Mini-beasts versus sovereign: ownership threats beyond "the system" -- Commitment dissolved -- Firm stakeholders versus state predators -- Firm stakeholders and rule of law

Protest in Putin's Russia by Mischa Gabowitsch ; translated from the German and Russian, and revised and updated by the author
Print Location: RUS 303.484 G116P (IICED)
Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, 2017
Contents:Putin's regimes -- Scenes and solidarities: opposition and grassroots protesters before 2011-13 -- Pussy riot and beyond: art, religion and gender regimes in Russian protest -- Transnational dimension -- Protest in Putin's third term

Putin's ʻpreventive counter-revolutionʼ : post-Soviet authoritarianism and the spectre of Velvet Revolution by Robert Horvath
Print Location: RUS 947.0864 H823P (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2013
Contents: Diplomacy of counter-revolution -- Shock of the 'Orange Revolution' -- Spectre of a 'Moscow Maidan' -- Nashi: the mobilisation of patriotism -- Taming of civil society -- Death of politics -- 'Extremists': 'the other Russia' and the struggle for the streets

Rethinking the post-Soviet experience : markets, moral economies, and cultural contradictions of post-socialist Russia by Jeffrey Hass
Print Location: RUS 330.947 H353R (IICED)
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
Contents: Rethinking the political economy of post-socialism -- Culture and post-socialism: the moral economy of market-building -- Moral versus market ecoomies in the post-soviet firm -- Moral and market economies meet: remaking exchange -- Contradictions of post-socialist value: moral economy of money -- A tsar is born? A moral economy of the post-Soviet state -- Rethinking the post-Soviet experience twenty years on

Rural inequality in divided Russia by Stephen K. Wegren
Print Location: RUS 320.01 W412R (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Inequality in post-Soviet Russia -- Rural poverty in post-Soviet Russia -- Rural inequality and profession -- Rural inequality and location -- Inequality and Russia's future

Russia's regions and comparative subnational politics by William M Reisinger
Print Location: RUS 324.630947 R377R (IICED)
New York, : Routledge, 2013
Contents: Studying Russia's regions to advance comparative political science -- Politics, governance, and the zigzags of the power vertical: toward a framework for analyzing Russia's local regimes -- Deference or governance? a survival analysis of Russia's governors under presidential control -- Why do political systems become party system? addressing a cross-national puzzle through subnational survey data -- Opposition parties in dominant-party regimes: inclusion and exclusion in Russia's regions -- National identity and xenophobia in Russia: opportunities for regional analysis -- Good governance: efficiency and effectiveness in Russian regional healthcare -- Inequaliy and authoritarian rule in Russia and China -- Making autocracy work? Russian regional politics under Putin

Russian foreign policy : Interests, vectors, and sectors by Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Christopher Marsh
Print Location: RUS 327.47 G993R (IICED)
Los Angeles : SAGE, 2014
Contents: Historical legacy for contemporary Russian foreign policy -- Vectors and sectors: the Russian foreign policy mechanism -- The United States: the main enemy or strategic partner? -- The bear and the dragon: China and the East Asia vector -- The Eurasian space. -- Eastern Europe: comrades no more -- Europe: Russia's "Traditional orientation" -- The near-Eastern vector -- Call across the Himalayas: the South Asia vector -- Africa and Latin America: the Southern vector

Russian literature since 1991 / edited by Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky
Print Location: RUS 891.709 R969 International Information Center : European Documentation
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Contents: Recycling of the Soviet -- Historical novel -- Dystopias and catastrophe tales after Chernobyl-- Magical historicism -- Petropoetics -- Postmodernist novel -- Narrating trauma -- (Auto) biographical prose -- Legacy of the underground poets -- New lyrics -- Narrative poetry -- New drama

Russian politics and presidential power : transformational leadership from Gorbachev to Putin / Donald R. Kelley
Print Location: RUS 947.086 K29R International Information Center : European Documentation
Los Angeles : CQ Press, 2017
Contents: Executive power in Russian politics -- The Gorbachev presidency -- The Yeltsin presidency, 1991-1993 -- Yeltsin and Russia reborn -- Putin I, 2000-2008 -- Putin II, 2012- -- The future(s) of Russian politics

Russian politics and presidential power : transformational leadership from Gorbachev to Putin by Donald R. Kelley
Print Location: RUS 947.086 K29R (IICED)
Los Angeles : CQ Press, 2017
Contents: Executive power in Russian politics -- The Gorbachev presidency -- The Yeltsin presidency, 1991-1993 -- Yeltsin and Russia reborn -- Putin I, 2000-2008 -- The "tandem" -- Putin II, 2012- -- The future(s) of Russian politics

Russia’s identity in international relations : images, perceptions, misperceptions edited by Ray Taras
Print Location: 327.47 Russ969 (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Mirror, mirror... myth-making, self-images and views of the US "Other" in contemporary Russia -- 'Varangian problem': science in the grip of ideology and politics -- Russian and European mutual perceptions: foreign policy stereotypes in historical perspective -- Russia and 'the West' in the 2000s: redefining Russian identity in official political discourse -- Constructing Russophobia

Soviet and post-Soviet identities edited by Mark Bassin and Catriona Kelly
Print Location: RUS 947 S729 (IICED)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Contents: The status of national identity: The contradictions of identity: being Soviet and national in the USSR and after ; Tales told by nationalists -- Institutions of national identity : National identity through visions of the past: contemporary Russian cinema ; Archaizing culture: the museum of ethnography ; Rituals of identity: the Soviet passport -- Myths of national identity : 'If the war comes tomorrow': patriotic education in the Soviet and post-Soviet primary school ; Conquering space: the cult of Yuri Gagarin ; Nation-construction in post-Soviet Central Asia -- Spaces of national identity: Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow: literary reality or nightmare? ; From the USSR to the orient: national and ethnic symbols in the city text of Elista ; The place(s) of Islam in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia -- Languages of national identity: Language culture and identity in post-Soviet Russia: the economies of mat ; Policies and practices of language education in post-Soviet Central Asia: between ethnic identity and civic consciousness ; Surviving in the time of deficit: the narrative construction of a 'Soviet identity' -- Creeds of national identity: Competing orthodoxies: identity and religious belief in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia ; 'Popular orthodoxy' and identity in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia: ideology, consumption and competition ; Religious affiliation and the politics of post-Soviet identity: the case of Belarus

State building in Putin's Russia : policing and coercion after communism by Brian D. Taylor
Print Location: RUS 947.086 T238S (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Contents: Bringing the gun back in : coercion and the state -- The power ministries and the Siloviki -- Coercion and capacity : political order and the central state -- Coercion and capacity : centralization and federalism -- Coercion and quality : power ministry practices and personnel -- Coercion and quality : the state and society -- Coercion in the North Caucasus

The crisis of Russian democracy : the dual state, factionalism and the Medvedev succession by Richard Sakwa
Print Location: RUS 320.947 S158C (IICED)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Contents: Dual state in Russia -- Succession struggles and electoral contests -- Political power and factionalism -- Genuinely political economy -- Managed succession -- War of the Putin succession -- Duma selection -- Presidential succession -- Medvedev's challenge -- Transcending the dual state

The Kremlin strikes back : Russia and the West after Crimea's annexation by Steven Rosefielde
Print Location: 327.470182 R799K (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Contents: Punitive measures -- Minsk II protocol -- Partnership to cold war -- War of attrition -- Ukrainian morass -- Western secular stagnation -- Military cross-currents -- X-Factors -- Strategies -- Double gaming -- Coexistence -- Eternal Russia
The limits of partnership : U.S.-Russian relations in the twenty-first century by Angela Stent
Print Location: 327.73047 S826L (IIC)
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014
The next generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan : youth, politics, identity, and change by Nadia M. Diuk
Print Location: RUS 305.235 D617N (IICED), 305.2350947 D617N (CL)
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2012
Contents: Youth: the next generation -- The history of youth -- Ukraine: land of paradoxes -- Azerbaijan: from Mugham to Facebook -- Russia: redefining the nation -- Three countries in comparative perspective -- Looking to the future
Summary: In the past twenty years, the countries that used to make up the former Soviet Union have seen plenty of change. There have been revolutions, youth-led protest movements, and other forms of incredible political upheaval. At the center of all of this were young leaders fighting to be heard and clamoring for change. In Nadia Diuk's meticulously researched and insightful book. The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan, she shows how those young leaders have risen up and become a part of the new political system. Using unique public opinion polling data and personal interviews, she explores how the new generation of leaders is shaping the political system and how the young people of today continue to exhort pressure for reform. This book is important to anyone interested in Eastern European studies, political transitions, protest movements, or youth and politics

The political economy of Putin's Russia / Pekka Sutela
Print Location: RUS 330.947 S965P International Information Center : European Documentation
London : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Putin regime -- Economic growth -- Energy -- Money, banking and monetary policy -- Welfare -- Russia's response to the 2008 crisis

The political economy of Putin's Russia by Pekka Sutela
Print Location: RUS 330.947 S965P (IICED)
New York : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Burden of the past -- Putin regime -- Economic growth -- Energy -- Money, banking and monetary policy -- Welfare -- Epilogue : Russia's response to the 2008 crisis

The politics of inequality in Russia by Thomas F. Remington
Print Location: RUS 339.20947 R388P (IICED)
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
Contents: Political sources of income inequality in Russia -- Employment, earnings, and welfare in the Russian transition -- Regime diversity in the Russian regions -- Democracy and inequality in the Russian regions -- Regional regimes and the labor market: evidence from the NOBUS survey -- Helping hands or grabbing hands? government-business relations in the regions

The politics of sub-national authoritarianism in Russia edited by Vladimir Gel’man, Cameron Ross
Print Location: RUS 320.53 P769 (IICED)
Farnham : Ashgate, 2010
Contents: Dynamics of sub-national authoritarianism: Russian in comparative perspective -- Liberal and the authoritarian: how different are Russian regions? -- Regional democracy variations and the forgotten legacies of western engagement -- Regional changes and changing regional relations with the centre -- Transition to managerial patronage in Russia's regions -- NGOs and politics in Russian regions -- Pluralism, (Un) civil society, and authoritarianism in Russia's regions -- Party politics in the Russian regions: competition of interest groups under the guise of parties -- Electoral practices at the sub-national level in contemporary Russia -- Sub-national elections and development of semi-authoritarian regimes -- Redistributing sovereignty and property under Putin: a view from resource-rich republics of the Russian Federation -- State-business relations in Russia's regions

The role of informal economies in the post-Soviet World : the end of transition? by Colin C. Williams, John Round and Peter Rodgers
Print Location: RUS 338.947 W721R (IICED)
London : Routledge, 2014
Contents: Re-visiting the recurring question of transition -- Beyond the formal-informal economy dualism: unpacking the diverse economies of post-Soviet societies -- Informal employment -- One-to-one unpaid labour, reimbursed family work and paid favors -- Formal and informal unpaid employment -- Internal economies of the household


Between Neoliberalism and Difference: Multiple Practices of Property in Post-Soviet Russia by M. Pavlovskaya
EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES; SEP 1, 2013, 65 7, p1295-p1323
Abstract: Two decades of aggressive neoliberalisation in Russia has failed to produce a uniform system of private property and profit-maximising enterprises. Instead, the complex interactions of multiple practices of property' that are pre-Soviet, Soviet and post-Soviet in origin, and not private property alone, have created a diverse economic landscape. Moreover, multiple practices of property have produced both capitalist economies (such as Moscow's early capitalist enterprises) and non-capitalist, ethically guided economies (such as the indigenous enterprises of Arctic reindeer herders). The persistence of alternative economic logics in Russia illustrates the limits of the role of private property in shaping the post-Soviet economy.

Black knights and elections in authoritarian regimes: Why and how Russia supports authoritarian incumbents in post-Soviet states by Jakob Tolstrup Restricted Resource
European Journal of Political Research. Nov 2015, Vol. 54 Issue 4
Abstract:  In the last decade, studies have documented how autocrats use elections as a way of legitimising and stabilising their regimes. Simultaneously, a literature on negative external actors (also known as 'black knights') has developed, emphasising how various international actors use anti-democracy promotion strategies to undergird authoritarian regimes. In this article, these two literatures are fused in an attempt to shed light on the external dimension of authoritarian elections and what is termed 'black knight election bolstering'. First, five mechanisms are elucidated, through which external assistance increases the chances of 'winning' elections in authoritarian settings (signaling invincibility, deterring elite defection, undermining opposition activities, dealing with popular protests, and countervailing pressure from foreign democracy promoters). Second, it is argued that external actors are most likely to offer election bolstering when they face a particularly acquiescent partner or when electoral defeat is perceived to lead to radical and undesired regime change. The relevance of both factors is augmented when uncertainty of the electoral outcome is high. Finally, four cases of Russian intervention during elections in three authoritarian neighbour countries (Ukraine in 2004, Belarus in 2006, and Moldova in 2005 and 2009) are analysed. The case studies corroborate the theoretical arguments: not only does Russia engage in all five types of black knight election bolstering, but it does so only when one or more of the three explanatory factors are present.

Building BRICS: human rights in today's emerging economic powers freedom of expression in Post-Soviet Russia by Jeffrey Kahn
UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, 2013/10/01, Vol: 18
Abstract: Freedom of expression in post-Soviet Russia? The choice of title for this panel's inquiry - post-Soviet Russia - is itself noteworthy. No other country is described so often in terms of its past as is Russia. Certainly, the other BRICS countries are not routinely given prefixes. 1 Russia has been post-Soviet for more than twenty years. Our expectations seem cast rather low if more than a generation after the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - a generation that neither knew Soviet citizenship nor feared Soviet rule - we remain inclined to refer to Russia not in terms of what it has become but in terms of what it is still struggling to leave behind. 2 Compared to Soviet Russia, post-SovietRussia is quite free. And yet, evaluating freedom of expression in Russia today is not an uncomplicated exercise. 3 The organizers of this excellent symposium are right to draw attention to the shadow cast by Russia's past. For although the problems we encounter with freedom of expression in today's Russia are quite different from those of Soviet times, Russia's post-Soviet present is a consequence of vestiges of a Soviet past that linger still in Russian society, politics, and law. Consider some post-Soviet facts about Russia with which to start our inquiry: For the period December 2011 to November 2012, Reporters without Borders ranked Russia 148 out of 179 countries in terms of press freedom, far below the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kyrgyzstan, ...

Citizenship and the social contract in Post-Soviet Russia by Samuel A.Greene
Demokratizatsiya. Spring2012, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p133-140
Abstract: Russia does not have a social contract in which citizens have traded political quiescence for improving standards of living. Rather, state-society relations are defined more as a divorce in which citizens exchange quiescence for economic autonomy, not prosperity. In these conditions, citizens have little loyalty to the regime if it violates the terms of the deal. The question remains, however, whether civil society activists can redefine citizenship to mean that an active population forces public officials to obey the law, at least in some cases. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Image of the Post-Soviet megalopolis in assessment of its inhabitants (case of Kazan, Russia) by P.O. Yermolaeva and E .P. Dyomkina, Restricted Resource
Academy of Marketing Studies Journal. 2016 Special Issue, Vol. 20, p121-129.
Abstract: In article results of the author's empirical research performed by sociologists of the Kazan Federal University and Center of Perspective Economic Researches are presented. Research is conducted with use of triangulation technique, that is combination of high quality (focus groups with representatives of youth and adult population of Kazan) and quantitative (mass poll of Kazan citizens) methods that raises validity and internal reliability of the obtained sociological information. On research data various characteristics of the large Post-Soviet city image (on the example of Kazan) in assessment of locals are considered. Kazan citizens refer to external beauty, rich history, development of sport and sporting venues, rich cultural life and a high level of infrastructure development to objects of pride and recognition of the city. However Kazan citizens are concerned about road problems, deviant behavior of youth, high prices and level of living in the city in case of modest salaries, disturbing ecological situation. At the same time respondents in majority positively estimate the future of the city. Research has shown that in consciousness of Kazan citizens any single brand of the city was not created, it is rather possible to speak about an umbrella brand: it is both the sports capital, and the city for youth, and the cultural center of Russia. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

The Grand Deception: Post-Soviet Russia and the Wars in the Former Yugoslavia by Jeffrey Surovell
Journal of Slavic Military Studies. Jul-Sep2012, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p284-301
Abstract: It has long been widely assumed that Russia has been an ally of the Serbs and that it was in particular an anti-Western supporter of Belgrade during the wars of the 1990s. In fact, Russia, in cahoots with the Western powers and NATO, played a game of deception to make it appear that it was ‘anti-Serbian’ when in reality it acted as ‘errand boy’ in order to fulfill the West's objectives in the former Yugoslavia. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

The Politics of Diplomatic Service Reform in Post-Soviet Russia by Yelena Biberman
Political Science Quarterly (Academy of Political Science); Winter2011/2012, Vol. 126 Issue 4, p669-680
Abstract: The article discusses the author's assertion that fewer diplomats inside the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs threatens institutional order between Russian diplomats and government executives. The author argues that such a decay will significantly impact the execution of Russian foreign policy. The article describes how the Russian economy and the free market has contributed to a growing business sector and fewer career-oriented diplomats. It describes the social and political conditions in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the shift in foreign policy decision making to figures such as Russian political executives such as Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. The author also examines research data among Russian university students regarding diplomatic careers.

The rise and fall of power-sharing treaties between center and regions in Post-Soviet Russia by Mizuki Chuman
Demokratizatsiya. Spring2011, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p133-150.
Abstract: This paper analyzes the transformation of center-regional relationships in post-Soviet Russia, focusing on the division of powers and power-sharing treaties. Under the presidency of Vladimir Putin, the Russian government implemented federal reforms that included the abolishment of bilateral treaties. Examining this process, I explain why regional authorities agreed to renounce the treaties and how center-regional relationships have changed in Russia. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]