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Discourses of 'Krizis': Economic Crisis in Russia and Regime Legitimacy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Valentina Feklyunina


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By the time Vladimir Putin left presidential office in early 2008, the claim to power by the Russian authorities had been increasingly based on performance legitimacy. Thefinancial and economic crisis that began to extend to Russia in late 2008 represented a major challenge for the Putin and Medvedev ‘tandem’. Several narratives whichsuggest different assessments of the causes of the crisis and its significance for Russia were presented in official discourse by sections of the political elite during theyears 2008–10 in an attempt to avoid a possible deficit in the regime’s legitimacy.

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Author(s): Feklyunina V, White S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics

Year: 2011

Volume: 27

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 385-406

Print publication date: 15/09/2011

ISSN (print): 1352-3279

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9116

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13523279.2011.595154


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