Toward a Multiparty System?

  • Vera Tolz


Today, the political landscape in every former union republic is marked by the existence of different political parties. In Russia, and in the majority (but not all) of the republics, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) seems to be defeated; its central organs (the Politburo and the Central Committee) have been dissolved. However, the members of the nomenklatura still maintain a grip over many parts of the former Soviet Union, albeit under different guises.


Political Party Communist Party Democratic Party Political Group Public Association 
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