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NEW BOOK: Freedom, Repression, and Private Property in Russia

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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
From: Vladimir Shlapentokh <shlapent@msu.edu>
Subject: New book: Freedom, Repression, and Private Property in Russia. Hardcover,Cambridge University Press, 2013

Freedom, Repression, and Private Property in Russia
Hardcover, Cambridge University Press, 2013
by Vladimir Shlapentokh (Author), Anna Arutunyan (Author)

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, 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.

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