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Russian Politics and Presidential Power takes an in-depth look at the Russian presidency and uses it as a key to understanding Russian politics. Donald R. Kelley looks at presidents from Gorbachev to Putin as authoritarian, transformational leaders who set out to build the future, while sometimes rejecting and reinterpreting the work of past modernizers. Placing the presidency in this context helps readers understand both the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the nature of the Russian Federation that rose in its place. And by setting the presidency within a longer historical context, Kelley shows how the future of the presidency is dependent on other features of the political system.

Yeltsin and Russia Reborn
Yeltsin and Russia Reborn

Boris Yeltsin’s action against the Congress of People’s Deputies had been bold but not decisive. Russia got a new constitution, a stronger presidency, a new legislature, and a promise of immediate elections to the newly created Federal Assembly and, in the near future, new presidential elections as well. But in other areas, little changed. Some, but not all, of those promises would be kept. The Duma, the lower house of the new Federal Assembly, elected in December 1993, continued to be hostile to Yeltsin and his reform agenda; the next legislative election, held in 1995 when the truncated term of the first Duma ran out, was somewhat less hostile, but the legislative and executive branches remained strikingly ...

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