Interview: How Russia’s ‘Sistema’ Leads To The ‘Modernization Trap’

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Sitting at Desk

(RFE/RL – – April 1, 2013) In her 2006 book “How Russia Really Works” and its sequel “Can Russia Modernize?” political scientist Alena Ledeneva of University College London looks at the informal governing system that characterizes Vladimir Putin’s Russia. RFE/RL correspondent Robert Coalson spoke with Ledeneva about how this method of governance works and what it means for Russia’s […]

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