The Russian Case: Élite Self-Emancipation

  • Robert V. Barylski


When talking about democratization in Russia, I consider myself as one of the early skeptical realists. I support democratic ideals and free enterprise, but insist on realistic observation of what is actually taking place in the former Soviet Union (USSR). For years I had been observing civil-military relations and armed conflict. I had frank discussions with Soviet colleagues, civilian, and military professionals just before, during, and after the dismantling of the Soviet state. I felt that Western writers tended to lean too far in one of two directions. Some were excessively optimistic about the extent to which Russia had changed. Others were overly pessimistic and predicting an imminent Fascist dictatorship and a resurgence in Russian imperialism.


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