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Freedom, Repression, and Private Property in Russia [Kindle Edition]

Vladimir Shlapentokh , Anna Arutunyan

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Book Description

This study demonstrates how the emergence of private property and a market economy after the Soviet Union's collapse enabled a degree of freedom while simultaneously supporting authoritarianism. Based on case studies, Vladimir Shlapentokh and Anna Arutunyan analyze how private property and free markets spawn feudal elements in society. These elements are so strong in post-Communist Russia that they prevent the formation of a true democratic society, while making it impossible to return to totalitarianism. The authors describe the resulting Russian society as having three types of social organization: authoritarian, feudal and liberal. The authors examine the adaptation of Soviet-era institutions like security forces, the police and the army to free market conditions and how they generated corruption; the belief that the KGB was relatively free from corruption; how large property holdings merge with power and necessitate repression; and how property relations affect government management and suppression.

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This study demonstrates how the emergence of private property and a market economy after the Soviet Union's collapse enabled a degree of freedom while simultaneously supporting authoritarianism. Based on case studies, it analyzes how private property and free markets spawn feudal elements in society.

About the Author

Vladimir Shlapentokh was born, raised and educated in the Soviet Union. Before immigrating to the United States in 1979, he worked as a Senior Fellow in the Sociological Institute in Moscow, where he conducted the first nationwide public opinion surveys in the USSR. He is currently Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and is the author of eighteen books.

Anna Arutunyan is a Russian-American journalist currently based in Moscow. She has reported on Russian politics for ten years and is the author of The Media in Russia (2009).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1107042143
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZ3VETO
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,211,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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