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Rosja 2014 - kryzys putinizmu
RUSSIA 2014 - PUTINISM IN CRISIS

Author(s): Marek Menkiszak
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, International relations/trade
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Russia; Putin; Russian-Ukrainian war; sanctions; Ukrainian conflist; authoritarianism; Russian economy; Russian domestic politics; Russian foreign policy; oil prices; Russian rouble

Summary/Abstract: The year 2014 brought a breakthrough for Russia. In internal politics, its increasingly personalized system of power slowly evolved into autocracy. On one hand, president Vladimir Putin enjoyed record popular support, but on the other hand, he somehow antagonized broader elite and he feared the influence of deteriorating economic situation on political stability. Oil prices, sharply dropping since autumn 2014, struck a blow to the weakening Russian economy, deepening and accelerating its crisis. In foreign policy, Russian aggression on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, which were a part of Russia’s larger policy strategy, were aimed to revise the post- -Cold War European order and to rebuild Russia’s imperial power. They led to a crisis in relations between Russia and the West, the biggest occurrence of this type since the end of the Cold War. All these developments emphasized a crisis of Putin’s power system in Russia, which drifted towards a softer neo-Stalinist version.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 20
  • Page Range: 219-235
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish