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Federalism and Inter-Governmental Relations in Russia

Federalism and Inter-Governmental Relations in Russia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-187
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
Issue number2
Early online date18 May 2010
StatePublished - Jun 2010


Since the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation in 2000, the principles and practices of federalism have come under attack and we have witnessed a recentralisation of power in the Kremlin. Over the period 2003-6 a number of major laws were adopted that seriously weakened the powers and competencies of federal subjects. Moreover, any hopes that the centralizing initiatives of the Putin administration would be reversed by President Medvedev have been dashed. Inter-governmental relations in Russia are once again conducted in accord with Soviet style principles of hierarchy and control. Russia is a 'quasi-unitary' state masquerading as a federation.



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