Vicious Circle of the Russian History

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G. Mirskii, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RUN), 23 Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997 Russian Federation (

Abstract. The author presents a brief review of a monumental book by his colleague Viktor Sheinis “Power and Law. Politics and Constitutions in Russia in –I enturies”. The author focuses mainly on three subjects: was the victory of Stalin’s political line inevitable after Vladimir Lenin’s death; what were the roots and causes of the Great Terror; why did the Soviet system collapse in 1991 and was Boris Yeltsin's rule a natural consequence of this event.

Keywords: authoritarian rule, democracy, constitution, rule of law, communist ideology, the Great Terror, decline and collapse of the post-Stalinist regime, crossroads of 1991, Boris Yeltsin's role

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For citation:
Mirskii G. Vicious Circle of the Russian History. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2014, No 5, pp. 114-119

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