M. Cheshkov, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The present article is published as an addition to materials of the round-table "Events in North Africa and in the Middle East: international factors", placed in the current and previous issues. The author investigates the Arab revolutions at the beginning of the current decade from the standpoint of what they could contribute to understanding of the post-Soviet states' fortune. Russia found itself close to a civilizational collapse that fairly aligns its fortune with Arab world countries. From the author's point of view, it's possible to propel Russia to a higher development level, if civilizational shift happened, based on a human communities evolutional movement principle.
“Arab Spring” and Russia, imitative-democratic regimes, camouflage democracy, “Arab domino” challenge, civilizational “macromutation”, civilizational shift
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