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Democracy and political processes
Rudenkin D. - Protest sentiments of Russian youth a year after the meetings of 2017 pp. 23-33


Abstract: The subject of this research is the analysis of the level of relevant protest sentiments common to youth in the context of stabilization of sociopolitical situation that emerged in the Russian society in 2018. The outburst of rebellious activity of the youth, which took place in 2017, has become resonant, but a short-term trend. The author assumes that the overall stabilization of sociopolitical situation that took place in the Russian society in 2017-2018, could affect the social well-being of the youth and lead to decrease in the actual level of their protest sentiments. Therefore, this article is dedicated to the verification of this hypothesis. The empirical base contains the youth polling conducted in Yekaterinburg in 2018 (N = 13), as well as the secondary analysis of data of the nationwide public opinion surveys. The main conclusion testifies to the fact that a year after protest actions of 2017, the protest sentiments of Russian youth became more moderate, but the potential for its reappearance remains. The overwhelming majority of youth does not expect the new protest actions and excludes their personal involvement into such events. On the other hand, the key feature of those young people, who expects the protest actions in their city yet today and speak of the personal readiness to participate in such actions, is the feeling of moral imperfection, and “inappropriateness” of the society. It is determined that the perception of Russian realities based on similar normative orientations, does not prevail among youth. But the mass distribution of such sentiments will create favorable environment for the new wave of rebellious behavior of the Russian youth.
Omel'chenko N.A., . - Concerning Democratic Idolization and Chimeras of Russian Political Liberalism and Democracy pp. 153-182


Abstract: The article is devoted to interpretation of ideas and values of liberal democracy in Russian science, political essays and political nation-building. By analyzing opinioins of Russian political leaders about the essence, problems and prospects of democracy in Russia, the authors of the present article define the reasons and consequences of inevitable distortion of liberal democracy concept in political mentality of Russians and offer ways to overcome such 'chimerization'. According to the authors, simplified evaluations of democratic ideas typical for Russian mentality before the Revolution, are now continued as the 'liberal idolization' in modern Russia. This phenomenon can be viewed asone of the archetypes of the Russian culture of government. Proving the fact of the tradition of democratic idolization in political culture of modern Russia, the authors of the article focus on the content and style of discussing a famous concept 'sovereign democracy' developed by V. Syurkov, in the Russian mass media. Based on the analysis of common indicators of democratic character of a modern state institution, it is concluded that modern Russia cannot be called a true democratic state. 
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