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Putin's Preventive Counter-Revolution

Post-Soviet Authoritarianism and the Spectre of Velvet Revolution

by: Robert Horvath
published by: Routledge
pp: 274
ISBN: 978-1-13-881575-9
price: Paperback: $52.95; Hardback: $165.00

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This book examines the 'preventive counter-revolution,' a programme of reforms and repression that transformed the face of Russian politics during Vladimir Putin's second term as president. Kremlin propagandists hailed this programme as a defence of national sovereignty against Western attempts to foment a 'velvet revolution' in Russia. But this book shows that the Putin regime was reacting to a real domestic threat: opposition leaders and youth activists who had begun to employ 'velvet' revolutionary methods in a campaign to harness popular grievances and to challenge Putin in the streets and at the ballot box. It traces the formulation and implementation of the regime's two-track response, which was based on a careful analysis of the lessons of the recent 'velvet’ (or ‘coloured’) revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine. The first track was repressive: the imposition of controls on NGOs, restrictions on electoral competition, and a crackdown on opposition demonstrations. The second was the mobilisation of supporters in 'patriotic' youth organisations that employed both gang violence and 'velvet' revolutionary techniques. Drawing on a wide range of Russian-language sources, including opposition activists' blogs, this book charts the end of Russia's experiment with liberal democracy and the emergence of a new type of authoritarian order.

 

Table of contents

Introduction
1. The Diplomacy of Counter-Revolution
2. The Shock of the Orange Revolution
3. The Spectre of a 'Moscow Maidan'
4. Nashi:The Mobilisation of Patriotism
5. The Taming of Civil Society
6. The Death of Politics
7. The 'Extremists': The Other Russian and the Struggle for the Streets
8. Conclusion

Author Bio

Robert Horvath is a research fellow at La Trobe University, Australia.

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