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Stephen Hoffman on Putin's 'Power Vertical'

posted 5 Mar 2012, 11:27 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Mar 2012, 11:28 ]
5 March 2012

THE POWER VERTICAL AND ITS CHILLING EFFECT ON DEMOCRACY 

By Stephen Hoffman

In 2000 Vladimir Putin came to power promising stability but additionally to safeguard democracy. Whilst some semblance of stability on the surface at least was achieved, democracy has been undermined at every turn by Putin through the power vertical. The power vertical is a concept introduced by Putin to explain the re-centralisation of the power of the presidency and federal centre. [Read more]
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