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The Twilight of the Vertical: Can a Governor in Volgograd Play a New Game?

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09-2012

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The political crisis ignited by Russia’s parliamentary elections in December 2011 was marked by mass demonstrations in Moscow but little opposition mobilization elsewhere. However, its influence on Russia’s tight system of vertical power was more profound than may be seen on the surface. I will demonstrate this change through the tale (yet unfinished) of Volgograd’s governor, Sergey Bozhenov, whose appointment on the eve of presidential elections was highly controversial. [...]

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European University at St. Petersburg