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Russia: Authoritarianism

Given Russia's return to authoritarian governance, how do we explain it?
Was Russia destined to return to authoritarianism or some form of very strong central leadership?

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When Russia moved toward democracy, they did not lose their many former Communist leaders within their parliament. While one leader was strong, the second was not. During this period, many different geographical communities attempted to secede, some successful, other bringing about a swift and violent retaliation. Additionally, criminal activity became more violent and law enforcement was unable to completely control it. When Putin came into office, these were the issues facing him along with a larger issue of the vast oil reserves found and how to turn it into economic success for the country.

Putin moved to gain control over the country and the damaging elements. This meant consolidating power and in his mind, with his background, that meant ...

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The solution discusses Russia's return to authoritarian governance. It also considers if Russia was destined to return to authoritarianism or some form of very strong central leadership.

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