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Will Russia Ever Build a 'Western-Style' Democracy?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/06/Russia_and_the_Medvedev_Presidency_One_Year_On Kirill Nourzhanov argues that the Putin and Medvedev presidential administrations share in their opposition to Western-style democracy. He says "the substance remains the same," no matter their "differences in philosophical attitude." ----- Speaking shortly after his election as President of the Russian Federation in 2008, Dmitry Medvedev highlighted his priorities in office: to maintain economic stability, to strengthen freedoms, to promote social programs, and to ensure that Russia sustains its position in the world. A year later, Medvedev's record in delivering on these promises is coming under intense scrutiny. What does Russian resurgence actually mean? How well has Russia ridden out the global financial storm? Is authoritarian rule in Russia on the wax or on the wane? What are Moscow's foreign policy objectives in dealing with the West, the Asia-Pacific, and former Soviet republics such as Georgia and Ukraine? Does Russian energy imperialism exist, or is it a product of Cold War-like paranoia? Who controls the Kremlin Medvedev or Putin? The answers to these, and many other relevant questions, are discussed to coincide with the first anniversary of Medvedev's inauguration as the President. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Kirill Nourzhanov has an MA from Moscow State University and a PhD from the ANU. His main academic interests include politics, international relations and conflict resolution in contemporary Central Asia. He has published in the Central Asian Monitor, Central Asian Survey, Europe-Asia Studies, and World Today, and his PhD thesis on "Politics and Change in Tajikistan" was published in mid-2000.
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