The Business Sector in Post-Soviet Russia

Authored by: Peter Rutland

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415576277
eBook ISBN: 9780203804490
Adobe ISBN: 9781136641022


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Twenty years after the Soviet collapse, business–state relations in Russia are still very much a work in progress. After a decade of dissolution in the 1990s, the Russian state has revived under a centralised, authoritarian system of rule, one in which most democratic elements (such as free media and competitive elections) have been purged from the system. However, many observers argue that the political regime is weakly institutionalised, and its architecture rests on the personality of the “national leader” Vladimir Putin, raising questions about its long-term viability.

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